Parents face criminal charges if they step on school grounds to pick up or drop off their children

Parents face criminal charges if they step on school grounds to pick up or drop off their children

A Texas elementary school regularly threatens criminal charges to parents who enter the property to drop off or pick up their children.

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Branch Elementary School in Magnolia requires parents to wait in a lengthy car pickup/drop-off zone each day no matter how close they live to the building. The policy, which is enforced by Montgomery County constables, was instituted under the auspices of increased safety.

Wendy Jarman, a private school teacher and parent who pulled her children from Bear Branch, told KRIV-26 on Tuesday that Principal Holly Ray is out of line.

“She’s threatening to arrest people,” Jarman said. “This has happened to many parents. They have been cited. They have been threatened that if they step one foot on school property [then] they will be arrested and charged with who knows what.

Parent Frank Young knows exactly what Jarman is talking about – he was one of those parents issued a warning under the new policy.

Parent Frank Young pulled his children from Bear Branch Elementary School after he was issued a warning for walking on school grounds (Photo: KRIV-26 screenshot)

Parent Frank Young pulled his children from Bear Branch Elementary School after he was issued a warning for walking on school grounds at the end of the day (Photo: KRIV-26 screenshot)

“Mrs. Ray’s policy is implying that a parent doesn’t have the ability or capability to decide what is safest for her children and that the school district does,” Young told the station. “I disagree.”

Young also pulled his children from the school.

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The Fox affiliate reached out to Magnolia Independent School District for comment and received a statement of full support for Ray.

Two other parents told the station they were threatened with arrest but were unwilling to publicly speak about it at this time. Others claimed Ray’s “my way or else” philosophy also prompted some faculty and staff to leave.

Principal Holly Ray of Bear Branch Elementary School can be contacted at hray@magnoliaisd.org.

Holly Ray (Photo: Bear Branch Elementary School)

Holly Ray (Photo: Bear Branch Elementary School)

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