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Parents keep children home from school on Memorial Day
BUNA-By: Leslie Rangel
While many students are heading home from the beach or family visits, other students tonight are doing homework assigned today.
Memorial day was no holiday for youngsters in a number of school districts, including Buna.
This was a make-up day for icy weather in the winter.
A father in Buna kept his child home, determined to teach his son a lesson.
Most of Jordan Cumberledge's fellow 5th graders are in school making up for cancelled classes from this winter's storm.
But his father, Paul Cumberledge, a Gulf War Army Veteran, refused to let his son go to school on Memorial Day.
Instead, he gave his son a front row seat here in this history class.
"You know what I'm saying, that's why it all matters," Cumberledge told his son explaining all the men and women who died in past wars.
That's why it all matters he says.
A day to remember the names of those who died for our country.
"It's somebody's bloodshed to do it to get our freedoms to where it's at, it took a lot of bloodshed, so don't forget who helped build this country," Cumberledge says.
The sacrifices of veterans he says the Buna school district is forgetting.
"No school should ask any veteran to send their child to school to make up a day that they could've made up any other time," Cumberledge said.
The superintendent agrees, but says their hands were tied when it came to making up weather days.
"None of us what to be here, if the rules were a little bit different we would never have come to school today and hope we never have to do it again," Steve Hyden, Buna superintendent says.
He says the district had limited options on when the state said it could make up class.
"Go a sixth day on a Saturday and to make people come back with their kids on Monday after school's out graduation is done," Hyden says.
The superintendent assures students learned about Memorial Day and what it means, but this father says he's taking the lesson plans into his own hands.
"They choose Memorial Day, a day of remembrance of our nation's fallen that gave the ultimate sacrifice of their life and they need to be honored. It's disrespectful they do that," Cumberledge said.
A lesson his 5th grade son says he'll carry forever.
Some parents told us they believe the district wanted the kids in school in order to get state funding for attendance.
The superintendent says that's not true.
He told us the district lost up to $12,000 because about one fourth of the students stayed home.