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Ohio baseball player canít walk at graduation after caring for cancer-stricken mother
Yahoo ^ | 4/16/2012 | Cameron Smith

Posted on 04/16/2012 2:11:27 PM PDT by Velveeta

A 17-year-old varsity baseball player in suburban Cleveland is being banned from walking at his own graduation for racking up two too many unexcused absences. While those circumstances might be considered the fault of the athlete in most cases, Carrollton (Ohio) High senior Austin Fisher's case is a rather extraordinary one: His absences were all brought on by time he spent caring for his mother, who has spent the past six years battling breast cancer.

As reported by Cleveland Fox affiliate WJW, Fisher has missed 16 days during his senior year, none of which have technically been excused. The Carrollton school district caps the number of absences allowable for a student to walk with his or her graduation class at 14, a number which means that Fisher will not be able to walk across the stage with the rest of his classmates.

For Fisher and other seniors at the school, that seems extremely unfair, particularly because all of his absences were brought on by his own heroic efforts to care for his mother, as he is the only other person who lives in their household. When Teresa Fisher became too sick to work, Austin Fisher took on two different jobs to help pay the bills. On a number of other days, Austin Fisher missed school so he could run his mother to cancer treatments and then care for her when she was bedridden after returning home.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: arth; austinfisher; lethimwalk; publicschools; unions; zerotolerance
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To: Velveeta

Every year about this time we get treated to a plethora of sob stories about poor graduates who won’t be able to “walk,” because of some horrible injustice. Situations transpire.


21 posted on 04/16/2012 2:29:22 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: RetroSexual

“This is a further anecdotal indication that the average public school administrator is a blithering idiot.”

And the others are raving lunatics...

As someone who used to have an office down the hall from the Arkansas Education Association I got a real education!

The ones who could speak English (not Ebonics) were arrogant jackasses and the others just followed orders to keep their high paying ‘jobs’. They all came to work when they damned well pleased and much of the time they brought their dozens of loud brats with them.

They closed this office THANK GOD!


22 posted on 04/16/2012 2:29:46 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Velveeta

Austin and Teresa Fisher

23 posted on 04/16/2012 2:30:09 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Velveeta

If this was downtown Cleveland, they could probably fit the entire “graduating” class into a small elevator.


24 posted on 04/16/2012 2:30:16 PM PDT by ssaftler (Obama 2008: "Hope and Change" Obama 2012: "Excuses and Blame")
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To: RobinOfKingston; Clintonfatigued

“Our culture is rapidly becoming something that should not be salvaged.

Reset.”

Post of the decade!!!


25 posted on 04/16/2012 2:31:27 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (Has Mittens won one "Red State" yet?)
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To: Lockbox

If I were a student there that wouldbe my answer. When they called my name I would sit there and not move.


26 posted on 04/16/2012 2:32:23 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Velveeta

That’s just absolute crap. He took two jobs, cared for his ailing mother, and he still got enough of his schoolwork done that he was eligible to graduate.

The kid deserves a standing ovation.


27 posted on 04/16/2012 2:34:42 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Velveeta

So this is a law, a rule if you will THEY choose to enforce.

Seems to me one of the biggest problems we have had leading up to the “H” of a mess we have in our society today includes the lack of laws, rules enforcement at the hands of Leftists no less.

THEY take a stand on something like this!?

INCREDIBLE!

Well......Up is down, and down is up with the Left in charge of anything. What a mess!


28 posted on 04/16/2012 2:35:01 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Actually, it seems according to the article that it is his sick mother who wants to see him walk. I guess the school system’s message to her is that she should not have been so sick.


29 posted on 04/16/2012 2:35:35 PM PDT by JLS (How to turn a recession into a depression: elect a Dem president with a big majorities in Congress)
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To: rawhide; petitfour

Do not know about Ohio, but in California absences are only excused if the student is sick - no exceptions.


30 posted on 04/16/2012 2:36:38 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

“I understand rule, but they must be tempered with common sense.”

Please...this IS a school system we are talking about.

Invoking common sense to them is like explaining virtue to a crack whore.


31 posted on 04/16/2012 2:36:42 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: rawhide

Because he didn’t get the absences excused on a daily basis or because the school allows only so many before they stop dxcusing them, likely.


32 posted on 04/16/2012 2:37:27 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: petitfour

In some schools that’s not good enough. My son missed two days of school this year. Each time,I phoned pupil accounting before 9 a.m. as the policy calls for. Both days were “unexcused” because he didn’t have a doctor’s note!


33 posted on 04/16/2012 2:38:14 PM PDT by SlidingW (October 9, 2009 - I Was Here!)
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To: SlidingW
Where are those great cancer foundations like the Susan Komen Foundation, why aren't they coming to the front and demanding the school let this kid graduation, walk the line, threaten with boycotts, protests, candle light services.

Why doesn't the senior class take 14 unexcused days off; then no one can walk the line.

34 posted on 04/16/2012 2:43:40 PM PDT by Kozy (Calling Al Gore)
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To: petitfour

It’s just possible she wasn’t feeling up to it.


35 posted on 04/16/2012 2:45:29 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (I like Obamacare because Granny signed the will and I need the cash)
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To: RetroSexual

The school administrators in this case are clearly dangerously sociopathic. They should not be allowed near children or small animals.


36 posted on 04/16/2012 2:45:51 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: svcw; rawhide; SlidingW

My children would be up a creek then. We only go to the doctor when there might be a broken bone or when we think antibiotics might be needed. Otherwise, we would waste the doctor’s time A LOT. Our pediatrician would gladly provide a signed note any time we asked, but I consider that a waste of her time and her nurse’s time as well. It should be enough for a parent to call or write a note of excuse for whatever reason. If the student has the grades to meet graduation requirements, then he/she should be able to walk.


37 posted on 04/16/2012 2:48:20 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Velveeta

Everyone is missing the elephant in the room.

He’s male. Strike One.
He’s white. Strike Two.
He’s self-reliant. Strike Three.
If he is heterosexual, then he is really sunk.


38 posted on 04/16/2012 2:52:12 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: RetroSexual

that was my thought, too .. but I think the school district will cave to the (appropriate) pressure.


39 posted on 04/16/2012 2:56:09 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: JLS
Actually, it seems according to the article that it is his sick mother who wants to see him walk. I guess the school system’s message to her is that she should not have been so sick.

How much suffering can people actually endure? Auschwitz was a day trip to the beach compared to this.

40 posted on 04/16/2012 2:56:26 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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