The school's bullying tactic, his mom explained, is their late student policy: "[The school has] a policy where every three tardies, you get a detention. Every tardy after that, you get a detention."
She visited him at lunch and was shocked by what she saw, explaining: "He was at the first table as you walk into the cafeteria, and he was just sitting there with one of those cardboard poster partitions in front of him."
Upset, she took a photo of her son and his grandmother put it on Facebook, where it soon went viral and got the attention of a radio personality who worked to help the family.
ABC News reports that a local company, Rapid Repo and Collections, donated a van to the family and other businesses helped out to get the 2001 vehicle fixed up, as well as provided oil changes and money for gas.
That's not the only happy ending. As a result of this incident, the school has revised their policy on tardiness, issuing the following statement: "As a result of the concerns raised, the district ended the learning catch-up location at Lincoln Elementary School. Going forward, a separate, supervised classroom has been designated for necessary catch-up work."