• Petitioned Boise School District

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Boise School District

Allow Haylee Winters to walk at graduation with her class!

    1. Nichole Stull
    2. Petition by

      Nichole Stull

      Boise, ID

I don't know if Haylee or her mother will ever see this petition, but it's inspiring to me that this many people came out and signed already. Thank you everyone for your time and your heartfelt "reason" notes. The school district did announce today that a "final" decision has been reached and she will be allowed to walk. I do believe that public outcry might have played a part. Thanks again!

Link to the new story: http://www.ktvb.com/news/Teen-battling-cancer-will-be-allowed-to-graduate-with-classmates-153746125.html?c=n


Haylee is fighting a cancerous brain tumor (diagnosed at 14) and has spent the last year in a round of intense chemotherapy. She is lacking four elective course credits that she will be completing this summer. Haylee has completed all of her core credits. She really wants to walk at graduation with her peers.

The school district is claiming that taking a lenient stand in this situation will set a precedent that they are unwilling to support. Here is the original local news story: http://www.ktvb.com/news/Senior-not-allowed-to-walk-at-graduation-153412775.html

Recent signatures


    1. She's walking!

      Nichole Stull
      Petition Organizer

      Well, at just one day and it's done. The district claimed the "final" decision wasn't reached yet, but it sure didn't sound like that. Regardless, this morning a final decision was reached and she gets to walk! So thank you everyone. I do feel like the public outcry had to have helped. Nicely done!

    2. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Teri Miller CHINO, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do.

    • Tom Vaughan NEWNAN, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      As others have mentioned, we should be celebrating this young lady, be inspired by her hard work and desire to finish what she started. The members of the school board should be completely ashamed of themselves for taking their initial stance. Lenient stand? Really? Just goes to show you that sensibility isn't inherent to all so called administrators. I see they changed their stance...good move! Blessings Haylee and Godspeed on a full and speedy recovery.

    • Jim Futch DADE CITY, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Her determination and has allowed her to get this far, why should she have additional roadblocks put in her path to recovery that don't need to be there.

    • Kai Naihe ROCKLEDGE, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      If she needs the credits to get the diploma later, fine. At least celebrate her efforts to make the grade and maintain this girls dignity and let her walk with the class !

    • Susan Austin SCOTTSDALE, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      Dear Mr. Balukoff:

      In May 2011, Mr. Jay Mathews wrote that “The Boise School District is among just 20 school districts in the country with four or more high schools that

      placed all of their traditional high schools on The Washington Post’s list of America’s Best,”

      After reading the news article by Stephanie Zepelin of KTVB, which was posted on the Home Page of MSN , I believe your School District to be the most heartless and least compassionate of any school district in America. If you cannot teach and demonstrate humanity to the students and community you serve, then your district does not deserve to be considered for the list of “America’s Best”.

      This young woman has battled life threating brain cancer, while working to complete her studies for graduation. Now because she is 4 credits short, the School District Trustees are refusing to let her walk across the stage with her classmates, because Dan Hollar says “most students who walk without finishing their coursework never end up completing it. He says the district doesn't want to set a new standard for other students.” Considering how hard she has worked to get this far, while going through chemotherapy, I believe that she has proved that she is not just any student and that she will complete the 4 credits. She has is a remarkable individual! She is a fine example of what all parents should want to see in their children, if they were to have to face the difficult challenges that she has. She does not deserve to be treated in this manner!

      You and your board should be ashamed of yourselves! You set an extremely poor example for your students and your entire community.


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