Petition Closed
Petitioning Boise School District

Allow Haylee Winters to walk at graduation with her class!

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

Letter to
Boise School District
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Boise School District.

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Allow Haylee Winters to walk at graduation with her class!

Haylee is fighting a cancerous brain tumor 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. Understanding and compassion seem to have been removed completely from your reasoning. Is policy really worth that?

School should always be about the students as individuals. Haylee's situation needs to be looked at in that light. It is a unique case and either an exception could be made or an alternative compromise could still be found that would allow some happiness and hope in a life that has been filled with trial and pain. It is a shame that you are allowing policy and precedents to prevent you from taking a compassionate route.

I'm disgusted.

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Sincerely,