Hands-behind-back safety measure removed, parent says too much like prison

Upset parents say the hands-behind-back policy was preparing their children for prison. (Source: WECT)
Upset parents say the hands-behind-back policy was preparing their children for prison. (Source: WECT)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A new safety policy at Rachel Freeman School of Engineering was canceled after just one day of its implementation. Upset parents said the policy was preparing their children for prison.

The school was trying a new policy this year, having students walk in the halls with their hands clasped behind their backs. The thought behind the measure was to keep students from hurting themselves.

Parent Marcia Warner, however, was displeased to hear her kindergartner was made to walk the halls with her hands behind her back on her first day of school.

Warner said she felt like her daughter was walking around as if she was handcuffed, and the action was preparing her daughter for prison.

According to New Hanover County School officials, the safety procedure has been removed. They said it was in place to keep students safe, and was not intended to mirror prison.

Rachel Freeman officials are now working to come up with a new safety policy.

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