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Substitute sends Cranston kids out in cold as punishment

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By Abbey Niezgoda

Third-graders at a Cranston elementary school got a bizarre punishment after talking in class. A substitute teacher sent two of them out into the could with no jackets.

Temperatures were in the 40's on Monday, when 8-year-old Joe Bettencourt watched his classmates at Stadium Elementary get kicked out of the classroom and sent outdoors. He could not help but worry about his friends.

"I was wondering if anyone was going to get kidnapped," Bettencourt said. "So I raised my hand and told the teacher and he said 'No, no one is going to get kidnapped,' but I just wasn't sure if it was right."

It is a question that also came across the dinner table at the Capprood's. Sean Clapprood was also in the class and he says even when his friends were knocking on the door, the substitute teacher would not let them back in.

"They were scared and they never wanted to see him again," Sean Clapprood said.

His mom got on the phone with the school department the next morning. They are not releasing the teacher's name, but say appropriate disciplinary action has been taken. Families in Cranston just hope it is enough to teach the teacher a lesson.

"Even if it wasn't a cold day, it's wrong," Gina Clapprood said. "Students outside were scared. Students inside were scared for their friends. It's just an awful situation."

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