A Catholic high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, is making headlines after a photo of a controversial sign posted on its front door went viral on Facebook.
"If you are dropping off your son's forgotten lunch, books, homework, equipment, etc., please TURN AROUND and exit the building," reads the sign pictured in a post on Catholic High School for Boys' Facebook page. "Your son will learn to problem-solve in your absence."
The image has been shared more than 115,000 times since it was posted Aug. 10.
Many parents praised the school in the post's comments.
"If only ALL schools were like this," wrote commenter Barb Shear.
Barbara Bowers added, "Sorry, the school is correct. If someone cannot remember their lunch, it will only happen once. They will learn to be a responsible adult and hopefully pass on the trend to their children as well."
But others weren't as impressed.
"This has to be a suggestion, especially if I'm paying for my child to be there," Alana McCraw wrote.
Commenter Julia Pence Stephens called for more compassion.
"No one is perfect," Stephens wrote. "We as adults forget our packed lunch as we head out to work. We have resources to get our lunch. I hope these kids are getting lunch. We do need to teach our children to be independent but they also need to be taught to be compassionate and show mercy."
The school's principal, Steve Straessle, told KARK that the rule teaches students a valuable lesson.
"It's simply to help boys avoid the default switch of calling mom and dad when things don't go right to bail them out," he said.
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