Skip to comments.Ohio baseball player canít walk at graduation after caring for cancer-stricken mother
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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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.
“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!
Austin and Teresa Fisher
If this was downtown Cleveland, they could probably fit the entire “graduating” class into a small elevator.
“Our culture is rapidly becoming something that should not be salvaged.
Post of the decade!!!
If I were a student there that wouldbe my answer. When they called my name I would sit there and not move.
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.
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!?
Well......Up is down, and down is up with the Left in charge of anything. What a mess!
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.
Do not know about Ohio, but in California absences are only excused if the student is sick - no exceptions.
“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.
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.
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!
Why doesn't the senior class take 14 unexcused days off; then no one can walk the line.
It’s just possible she wasn’t feeling up to it.
The school administrators in this case are clearly dangerously sociopathic. They should not be allowed near children or small animals.
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.
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.
that was my thought, too .. but I think the school district will cave to the (appropriate) pressure.
How much suffering can people actually endure? Auschwitz was a day trip to the beach compared to this.