High School Principal won't let Cancer Survivor Walk in Graduation

United States
June 4, 2008 3:17pm CST
This is just heartless. I have seen many students who were just a few credits away from graduating, and were going to make up their credits over the summer and were still allowed to "walk" with their peers. But to not let a student walk in a graduation ceremony because she got behind while being treated for cancer - it's outrageous. It's hard to believe that people are so heartless. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080603152308AALkD2V http://www.news10.net/display_story.aspx?storyid=42732 I just can't believe people can be so heartless. What is the big deal about walking across the stage? It's a ceremony for crissakes - she still has to do the *work* of making up the credits. Shouldn't she be able to at least show that she has survived cancer? It's crazy. She apparently even got a letter from her doctor asking the school to let her walk - that not allowing her to share in this ceremony because of her cancer treatments was like punishing her for having cancer. Thats just outrageous. What do you think? Crazy!
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• United States
4 Jun 08
I saw this on the news, too, and like you I was blown away! It really is flabbergasting how insensitive this principle has been. Also, from what I understand - the principal wasn't the only one behind it, the school board had the shared his feelings. Outrageous, indeed! Infuriating! I didn't think it was that important, I mean, if she is finishing up the requirements anyway....come on?! There is such a thing as an "exception" and maybe this is the appropriate time for it! Ridiculous.
• United States
4 Jun 08
I agree completely - I didn't realize the school board shared the principals feelings too ... that is totally outrageous. Completely insensitive. I think everyone should bombard them with email communications. Just Crazy!
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@rpegan (598)
• United States
4 Jun 08
There's a difference between walking across the stage and graduating. At my high school graduation, we didn't get our diplomas until the Monday after we graduated (we graduated on a Friday). She deserves to walk across that stage with her classmates. They could just keep her diploma until she gets the credit, and that would be just fine! However, it's absolutely outrageous to tell her she can't walk. Those few moments walking across that stage mean SO much. That's twelve years of education being recognized, and she deserves it!
• United States
4 Jun 08
You know, you're exactly right - there is a HUGE difference between walking across the stage and the actual graduating. She DESERVES to walk across that stage with her classmates! She is already going to have to make up the work and she isn't going to truly graduate til she does it - the walk is purely symbolic - and yet it means so much to these kids. It's outrageous that they would deny her this. Crazy!
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