High School Cancer Patient Not Allowed to Graduate with Class: how would you decide this situation?

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    Jun 04, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/06/04/cancer.student.graduation.kxtv
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    Jun 04, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    I'd let her robe up and cross the stage. I'd give her a fake diploma with a little note that says, "See you in summer school, beautiful!"
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    Jun 04, 2008 6:54 PM GMT
    Why am I getting this "Zimbabwe's Mugabe blames West 2:38" as default!? icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 04, 2008 7:02 PM GMT
    Yeah, good call Mickey, I agree.

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    Jun 04, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI'd let her robe up and cross the stage. I'd give her a fake diploma with a little note that says, "See you in summer school, beautiful!"


    I agree with you....

    The Principal is in a difficult spot and is certainly not coming across very well, very sympathetic or understanding at all. Obviously, out of her element in this situation...but would it hurt to come across as human and sympathetic to the fact that she underwent treatment for cancer and that they look forward to seeing her in summer school! Not a very good principal...
    No, the girl should not just be handed a diploma...she still needs to learn it and earn it! Cancer or not. She isn't the first, last or only person to have endurred cancer treatments and any number of other diseases and maladies.....
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    Jun 04, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    sometimes you bend the rules for special situations. Life rarely is black and white. That should be a lesson they teach by example. I like mikey's approach!
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    Jun 04, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    people are not entitled to diplomas, and when things come up in life, as they do for many, its fine... they just have to take a little longer to get caught up. i would be against just handing out diplomas like candy to make kids feel good about themselves. what about the kids whos parents beat them? what about the kids who have suffered deaths in their immediate families? there are a ton of reasons for it to take a little longer for one kid to earn a degree than another, but its life. school is not a level playing field, and neither is anything in the 'real world,' so she'd best get used to it.
  • stevarino7

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    Jun 04, 2008 10:35 PM GMT
    In college you can walk and get your diploma even if you do not have enough credits, but instead have one class to take over the summer or even in some cases another semester. You just don't get your actual diploma.

    I think this makes sense and should be the case in high school as well, especially in this situation. Everyone is entitled t a high school graduation in the year they graduate...making her take the summer course first would leave her without a graduation.

    So I agree with Mickey as well.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 06, 2008 12:06 AM GMT
    I think the suggestion of reading a short statement recognizing the hardships suffered by those students who haven't been able to complete their graduation requirements due to forces beyond their control is a good one. Most likely, this girl is not the only one. Deaths in the immediate family, car accidents, and bad cases of mono can routinely cause kids to fall a class or two short of graduating with their cohort, and it's entirely reasonable to recognize these things.

    At the same time, no, I wouldn't permit her to walk at graduation. I also frown on people walking at college graduation ceremonies when they haven't finished all their requirements yet. I feel graduation is a time to celebrate those individuals who have, well, graduated. She has not. Despite the one doctor stating that this is a form of punishment, she's not being punished by the school (though one could make a case that she's being punished by the cosmos). She's just not being celebrated for an achievement she has yet to make. There's a distinction there which I feel is important.
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    Jun 06, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    Graduating with your high school class and enjoying the celebrations is a pleasure people carry thru life. If she were allowed to participate, she could get to look back at that with fond memories. Of course, she could embellish her story with the fact that she hadn't really finished because of the cancer and she still had to get thru summer school or whatever. But that would only be a footnote to her memories.

    Cancer and its treatments are bad enough to have to endure without adding to the pain she has to go thru the disappointment that she will carry for the rest of her life...that this stupid cancer kept her from graduating with her class.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 06, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    You know, I'm of two minds.

    Part of my understands that if the rules were bent for her, it sets a precedent. At that point, what constitutes a fair reason for someone to have the rules bent for them, you know?

    Part of me also wants her to catch a break.
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    Jun 06, 2008 1:21 AM GMT
    I am amazed at the stupidity of most of you and the ignorance of your statements. Fighting cancer is not a "hardship", it is life or death. Give her the diploma 100%. The principal does not belong in the educational system and should be fired for her incompetence. Not only is it sad to see anyone even question whether or not she should get the diploma, but that, so far, most of you side with the Principal is embarrassing and shows just how ignorant human beings have become.
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    Jun 06, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
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