School Changes Mind Over Punitive Platform

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

Controversy over a correctional crawl space leads to a change of heart by the Bryan school district.

Superintendent Mike Cargill announced Wednesday that SFA Middle School Industrial Arts students will no longer be sent to serve timeout on an elevated platform inside the workshop. "You have to change with the times sometimes and I think what was good 20 years ago isn't good anymore," he said.

The loft, sometimes referred to as the "attic," came under fire by Bryan parent Tammy Brown whose son had been sent there for missing an Industrial Arts tutorial class.

After hearing Brown's argument and seeing a report aired on News 3, Cargill says the district re-thought its position. "We want to support that teacher, we'll give him some more space," Cargill said. "He doesn't need to put any students up in the loft anymore. I know its been fine in the past, we've never had an incident with it. It's been safe enough in the past but we're going to err on the side of caution."

Brown said she she's happy with the district's decision and even happier with her son. "I'm really proud of my child because he made it a point to say 'I'm glad I stood up because it's the right thing to do. And if somebody had fallen and I didn't say anything then I wouldn't got past that easily.'"

Brown says she has received criticism for making her objections public. But she puts it all in perspective. "I would rather stick my neck out and have people take shots at me than have my kid fall off a platform. I mean I don't care, take shots at me all day long. I know I did what was right for my child and the situation is now safer for all the children and I'm happy."


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