In the spring of 2015, a 6-year-old boy arrived late to school in Grants Pass, OR. His family was having car trouble that day, and his mom Nicole knew Hunter would be getting a detention during lunch for being tardy. During lunch, Nicole visited Hunter to see how he was holding up — but she was shocked when she walked into the lunch room and discovered his detention was more like a public shaming than fair punishment. Nicole saw Hunter seated all alone at a table with a cardboard partition right in front of his face, preventing him from seeing or making contact with other students. There was also a cup with a “D” written on it, which stood for detention. He was crying and humi-liated.
Nicole was so upset by what she saw that she snapped a photo of Hunter right there in the cafeteria. She was outraged, especially since Hunter wasn’t late to school all that often, and wasn’t even late enough that day to make up any assignments.
After Hunter’s enraged grandmother posted the photo online, it quickly went viral.
Not only did Nicole’s community agree with her, but they banded together to make sure Hunter was never late to school again…
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