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Houston Superintendent Says Kohl's Dispute Settled

Houston County's school superintendent says a dispute over a visit by a special-needs school group to a local Kohl's store was just miscommunication.

A Bonaire Middle School teacher last week sent out an email to parents, co-workers and others saying the special-needs students were "devastated and humiliated" when a manager turned them away from the Kohl's on Watson Boulevard last Thursday.

The teacher wrote that the group, with several students and three adults, often drops into the store as a learning exercise.

But the manager told the group that store employees were doing inventory that day and were too busy to help the group. Several parents contacted 13WMAZ about the incident.

On Monday, Houston County superintendent Robin Hines called it a "lapse in communication."

"They were sorry about it, and we were sorry about it."

He said the store assists Houston schools in many ways and he understands Kohl's position: "This was not a good time. They were taking care of business."

Hines would not comment on whether the teacher who sent out the email will be disciplined.

But he said, "We have no reason for anybody to be upset with Kohl's."



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