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Arizona elementary students forced to walk outside in circles as punishment, parent says

Posted at 1:27 AM, Sep 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 08:15:36-04

A Glendale, Arizona mother is speaking out after her daughter’s class was subject to an odd punishment. 

Brittany Trofy says her 7-year-old daughter and classmates were forced to walk in a circle on the Luke Elementary School playground last week as punishment. It was around noon that day and temperatures were likely in the high 90’s or even warmer.

Trofy claims the march lasted anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. She says her daughter told her about the punishment when she came home that day.

According to Trofy’s daughter, several kids complained of headaches and cramps. 

"The school stripped me of my right to nurture my child when she didn't feel good by not letting me know she didn't feel good,” Trofy said. 

The Dysart Unified School District confirmed to KNXV that they are reviewing the teacher’s actions that day. We’re told that the practice is not “district approved.” However, a spokesperson says it only lasted around five minutes. Students were checked by a school nurse and none displayed any signs of heat exhaustion. 

The Dysart Unified School District would not elaborate if the teacher would be facing punishment or has a history of questionable decision making. A spokesperson told us they cannot discuss personnel matters. 

"My daughter is right now scared to go back to school for fear of seeing the teacher that got frustrated with them,” Trofy said. 

A police officer was informed of the incident. However, no report was generated.