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Girl says school punished students by standing in the cold

Posted at 4:30 PM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 17:46:34-05

CINCINNATI -- Some parents are outraged after they said staff at a school in Evanston left their children outside in the cold for 15 minutes.

Ten-year-old Victoria Blount said she and her classmates at the Alliance Academy of Cincinnati were forced to stand outdoors during their 15-minute recess break Friday, even though she didn't have her coat.

"We had to stand in line like this in the cold until our teachers came," Victoria said.

According to Victoria, that was the "punishment" fourth- and fifth-graders had to go through because they wouldn't stop talking when they were asked to during lunch.

Victoria mom, Terri Hammond, said the teachers shouldn't punish students like that.

"If that was one of us parents doing that, we would be in trouble," she said.

Hammond said Victoria has been sick since then.

"Now she's sick, so she was like, 'I don't feel good either,'" Hammond said. "Today I woke up, she has a little fever."

Alliance Academy is a charter school overseen by the National Heritage Academies. 

"Providing a safe and secure learning environment for our scholars is one of our highest priorities," a school spokesperson said, adding that student privacy laws prevent them from sharing specifics.

The school did call Victoria's parents and said the teacher involved said the children were outside for no more than 10 minutes, and that Victoria was the only one without a coat. 

Hammond said that doesn't change things for her.

"I'm very angry and ready to take my kids out of the school," she said.