Grand Junction’s Neighborhood Walmart has new restriction for K-12 students

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX)- A “stay in school” message is getting new meaning for some students in 12th grade or lower. School-age children, including Central High School students, will no longer be allowed in the Walmart Neighborhood Market on Warrior Way from 7 a.m to 4 p.m.

Walmart’s student restriction comes after a series of complaints regarding rough-housing and harassment in the store along with counts of shoplifting. Walmart Management and Central High School’s administration spoke about the issues prior to agreeing on this solution.

The new mandate is not banning students, it is simply a restriction during days and hours when school is in session.

“As far as I know, it would be any school-aged students unaccompanied, ” Central High School Principal Lanc Sellden mentions, “If I’m (giving example for student) home sick and I need to go to the store, I’m doing something with my mom that’s fine. If it’s 8:30 and I’m just wondering around Walmart, they’ll tell me I need to go somewhere else.”

A Walmart employee compared this policy to its protocol of escorting anyone who is harassing a customer out of the store. This student restriction applies only to Walmart’s Neighborhood Market on Warrior Way and will continue until further notice.

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