Principal spends the night on roof after losing a challenge to students


ROCKPORT, Ind. (WEHT)- Eyewitness News continued to cover from the roof of Rockport Elementary School.

The school’s principal Rick Hunt is spending the night on the roof after students won a reading challenge.

Eyewitness News Amanda Mueller, was there with him to check in after rain moved through the area.

Hunt has been on the roof for three hours since we checked on him last. he shares with Muhler how he’s been remaining occupied.

“I’ve actually been very busy. We’ve had a lot of kids come out, a lot of families who live here in the neighborhood and others just driving in. Every time I look up another car is arriving, more kids piling out. For a while we had thirty or forty kids running around playing football. It was almost like a family picnic, so just a good time.” Hunt said.

Hunts tell us how he’s been dealing with the rain while he’s been outside.

“Yeah, you’re morning weather guy and I are going to have to have a chat. Nobody told me it was supposed to rain today in fact everything I saw told me it was going to be clear skies, a little cold, really windy. I was able to deal until it started raining and I had to put things away. So my tent is currently loaded with all my stuff I had sitting out and planned to be out here for reading but Everybody who has come by has been wonderful and I’ve kind of told a couple of stories, read some stories, we’ve just had a really good night.” Hunt said.

Hunt says his tent hasn’t been out in a year. “I”m not sure if it’s going to leak or not? I promised the students I would stay up here and if I get wet I’ll just dry off in the morning and make it work.”

Hunt will spend the remainder of his time reading and just enjoy his time camping.

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(This story was originally published on March 5, 2020)

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