A Florida high school has come under flame for the lane it handles students’ at lunch time.
Hudson High School in Pasco County, Fla ., reportedly segregates students depending on their grade point average and the number of absences they have. The program was launched at the beginning of the school year, official told FOX1 3.
Officials described the program, called “On-track”, as a lane to encourage students to perform better in school, but some students feel it divides them.
To be a part of On-track, students must have a GPA higher than 2.0, fewer than four absences , no F’s on their report and they must earn all their credits for the semester. Students who fit specific requirements receive special privileges, including free tickets to sporting events and the ability to eat lunch outside instead of in the cafeteria. The students also received a bracelet and ID labeling them as part of the program.
Students who do not fill the requirements are forced to eat inside the cafeteria and are not allowed to leave the chamber during that time.
“We’re not allowed to, even if we had a pass we could not move appreciate any educators, we’re not allowed to leave the lunchroom, period, ” Kat Davis, a junior at the school, told FOX1 3.
Senior Rhainey Knight told FOX1 3 the cafeteria could become very crowded.
“There’s so many children that sit on the storeys, they’re sitting on tables, and they’re only stand, and it’s overcrowded, ” Rhainey Knight told FOX1 3.
On Thursday, some students protested the program by walking out of the cafeteria quoting the absence of space in the area.
School officials told FOX1 3 there was enough room to fit all of the 250 students who were not in the program.
“A lot of people that are tracking still sit in the cafeteria rather than going into the lounge or commons, which then makes less chamber for the people who aren’t tracking to sit in there, ” Ashlynn Brooks, a junior at the school, said.
Mandy Lohan, a mother of one of the school’s students, belief the program segregates students.
“I suppose the program needs to go away, it’s not good for anybody, ” Lohan said. “You’re definitely labeled irrespective of if you don’t have that, you know, plainly they’re putting you into a special group, and then if you do have that you’re in another group.”
“You crave unity and you crave household, that’s what Cobra preaches, but yet they’re separating the children. It’s not right, ” Lohan said.
FOX1 3 reported some mothers were concerned the program breaches the existing legislation for students with physical disabilities.
Fox News’ is asking for a comment from the school was not immediately answered.