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Facebook post from Hina Khan:
"A friend of mine is being forcibly removed from our school system on the basis that he no longer resides in Madison, has minor and trivial infractions with the school, and his grades have declined.
The problem with this is that my friend has been severely mistreated throughout his life, he has been homeless for the majority of this school year, recently escaped from an abusive household, and is now finally finding some form of stability in foster care. His current foster family resides on the border of Killingworth, which is genuinely only 20 minutes away from Hand. The thing is, my friend has been coping with unbelievably immense stress and mental trauma associated with the abuse he faced and school pressures - which has only been worsening in the last couple months as he's been fighting a losing battle with the Board of Ed. to just finish attending this year here with us.
The Board of Education has decided to punish my friend brutally and disproportionally despite the efforts he has put in, the responsibility he has taken, the relationships he has cultivated, and generally everything he has established here, Mr. Scarice has decided to remove him from the MPS district, they outlined these as the reasons:
A. His foster family resides in Killingworth
B. He has a minor infraction with the school for which he as already served an ISS for
C. His grades have declined (understandably!)
The school has been threatening to remove him from the district multiple times this year despite the fact that my friend's legal guardians, also his primary source of stress and abuse, still pay taxes for the Town of Madison so legally, my friend is able to be a Daniel Hand student by law.
The Board of Education has made an unhealthy decision. They are adding more displacement and instability to our classmate's already chaotic life. My friend will be forced to stop attending Hand and pick up the rest of the school year at HKHS. On top of the extreme emotional struggles he has been facing, my friend will have to struggle with the stress of attending and adapting to a new school in the middle of the school year. Many of the credits he has earned here will be skewed, the classes he is currently taking will be dropped, and the only supports he has in place will be lost. At this point, any remaining stability in my friend's life depends solely on the support from relationships he has made in the MPS district. They're taking him out of our school where he has numerous supports in place, friends he can rely on, and a caring community he can feel safe and open to express himself in.
I wanted to bring awareness to this situation to address, as a class and an entire school, my friend's circumstances and take a stand for him. Despite his chaotic situation outside of school, we all know my friend as an unbelievably kind-hearted individual, we have cherished his presence, appreciated his incredible selflessness, and loved him for his heart of gold ever since he moved into our community in 7th grade.
Mr. Scarice has set tomorrow to be Kane Bur's last day here with us.
I want us as a school community to take a stand for my friend, Kane deserves nothing but the world, and I and many other members of our school community firmly believe that we owe it to him to at least fight for his right to finish this school year here with us."
Please stand up for and support our classmate Kane.
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