Vote for Emily’s Senior Year

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Vote for Emily’s Senior Year

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Adrian Wood started this petition to West Billings High School

*UPDATE: April 5, 2022* This petition helped convince Emily’s school to make an exception and allow her to return for senior year. But the policy that would prohibit other special needs students from finishing high school is still in place. Keep signing and sharing to send a message that ALL special needs students deserve the right to finish high school.

Dear World,

Emily Pennington is a junior at West Billings High school in Montana. She’s overcome tremendous obstacles in her eighteen years- open heart surgery, leukemia and most recently, two 17” titanium rods were placed in her back at the Mayo Clinic because of adolescent onset scoliosis. 

She plays basketball, is a cheerleader, wakeboards, and she enjoys hanging out with her friends like every other teenage girl.

Emily also has Down syndrome. 

The school district told Emily she can’t come back for her senior year because they have a “policy” that limits student age to under nineteen.

Policy 2050 needs to be revised to align with state law so that all students with disabilities can attend public school past the age of eighteen. 

Thanks so much,
Adrian Wood (Amos’s Mom)

P.S. The vice principal, Dr. Jeril Hehn, at West Billings confiscated the original petition started by Emily’s high school classmates- a “disruption” it was called and not allowed on school property. 

To Emily and her friends- You’re far more than a disruption- you’re making the world better and we see you. 

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