Parents Question School Policies

Some parents of students at Livingston High say they're concerned about policies in effect at the school.

"The reason I came forward now is because when I go to them, they say 'Give me time; I'm going to fix it'," said Gloria Crumpton. "And I've given them five months and school is almost out. When are they going to fix it?"

One of Crumpton's concerns is a policy that requires students who are late for school in the morning, even one or two minutes, are not allowed to go to class. Instead they are released to go home for the day or be signed in by a parent.

Crumpton said many of the students have legitimate reasons for being late and that the parents are unable to leave work to sign their children into school.

Crumpton and other parents contend that this policy is unfair and even dangerous.

"Those kids could go out there and get raped, murdered or even hurt somewhere," Crumpton said.

"Stay in school. Have in school punishment for them," said another parent, Corneliua Crockett. "Don't send them in the streets. Don't send them home. They're not learning at home."

Another concern is a Livingston High policy, which requires students who ask to leave class to go to the restroom to be escorted by a school official or in some cases not be allowed to go at all.

Newscenter 11 talked with Sumter County superintendent Lula Larkin about the issue. She told us that, in light of last year's stabbing death at Livingston High, these rules are designed for the students’ safety.

Crumpton said she has now started a petition asking for the removal of the high school principal from the position. She says she fears what the outcome could be, if this and or the other concerns are not addressed.