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6-Year-Old Kindergartner Gets Detention For Parents’ Tardiness

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File photo of a school bus. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a school bus. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, Texas (CBS Houston) – Detention can be a confusing punishment for any elementary school student, especially when they’re punished because of their parents.

A 6-year-old girl in Texas spent two days in detention last week, because her parents have been unable to get their kindergartener to school on time.

Brooke Loeffler spent a couple days in detention due to her parents, who just had a newborn baby, being unable to get her to school on time, according to KENS-TV in San Antonio. Olympia Elementary School is fighting tardiness by forcing students with more than three tardy slips to go to detention, either for an hour during lunch or an hour after school.

“It was my responsibility to get her ready and get her to school,” Brad Loeffler, the girl’s father told KENS. “I failed that responsibility a couple of times. It makes me sad to see my daughter upset for something she doesn’t understand.”

Even though the schools have attempted to work with parents on student tardiness, Loeffler’s parents said to KENS that the school was not concerned with the family’s situation, and is asking the school to change the policy.

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