Girl, 12, finishing 2.5 year battle with leukemia is dismissed from US Catholic school for ‘poor attendance’

The Mail is reporting that a 12-year-old girl battling Leukemia for two years has been kicked out of school for her lack of attendance…

…Last week St. Joseph’s Middle School, a private Catholic School, sent a letter to Rose McGrath dismissing her from the school for low attendance and poor academic performance… 

Rose has been attending the Battle Creek Catholic Schools her whole entire life and when she was diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia her world was turned upside down.

Rose told WWMT that school was the one place that she actually felt normal…

St. Joseph’s catholic school that charges as much as $6,983 per year said that they were generous enough to provide Rose with special accommodations because of her illness.

It is unclear as to whether Rose was receiving financial assistance and they did not elaborate on what kinds of accommodations were made.

‘These were extraordinary circumstances, but so many accommodations were made we felt eventually it became a point where we really had to help Rose, by being able to make sure that she was getting the assistance that she needed and to learn,’ said Father John Fleckenstein, with Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools.

The school says that Rose only attended school 32 days out of this entire school year…

 

One thing I’ve learnt running this site is that virtually every story – even the most extreme-looking ones – usually end up being much greyer than they first appear.

However… this doesn’t appear very Christian of the school here does it? And to present the decision as being in the girl’s interest appears – at least on the surface – to be extremely crass.

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Comments

  1. BehaviourA

    It happens all the time – responsibility for education passed on to local alternative provision. (aka as PRUs). Can be sensible from an educational aspect as the APs are more geared up for part time education/ more flexible re time etc but sad from the social/ pastoral aspect as the young person gets cut off and sidelined from friendship groups when they may need them most.

    Particularly destructive for young people suffering from anxiety/ mental health issues, leaves them very isolated.

  2. BehaviourA

    It happens all the time – responsibility for education passed on to local alternative provision. (aka as PRUs). Can be sensible from an educational aspect as the APs are more geared up for part time education/ more flexible re time etc but sad from the social/ pastoral aspect as the young person gets cut off and sidelined from friendship groups when they may need them most.

    Particularly destructive for young people suffering from anxiety/ mental health issues, leaves them very isolated.

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