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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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To: madison10

any one know the name of the Cleveland school??

I graduated in June 1961 from Lincoln High School on Scranton Road...Cleveland, OH.


51 posted on 04/16/2012 3:51:07 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter

Carrollton High School, Carrollton, Ohio.


52 posted on 04/16/2012 3:54:58 PM PDT by madison10
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To: GeronL

It often depends more on the school nurse than on any administrator in the school. When my daughter was in lower elementary school, the nurse refuse to accept any excuses from me, even when she was the one that refused to allow my daughter back into school - even with a doctor’s note. I finally found the “right” administrator and she was removed from that school - but not until after we were threatened with our daughter being expelled from excessive absences.


53 posted on 04/16/2012 3:56:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: svcw
NOT a Cleveland school...and the area code for Cleveland is I believe 440...not sure I left there a long time ago.

Carrollton, OH. I believe is in the southern part of the state? any one know for sure???

54 posted on 04/16/2012 4:01:07 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Gabz

If we ever get around to fixing the education system, parents are in charge, they can take their kids out any time for any reason. We don’t need their permission.


55 posted on 04/16/2012 4:11:22 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Lockbox

That’s seems the best non violent solution and no violent solutions should be considered.

I’d like to see that graduation when no one stands.


56 posted on 04/16/2012 4:13:32 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: freekitty

Wait until the meat head enforcing the rule comes down with cancer (not that I wish it upon him/her). Then they might understand.


57 posted on 04/16/2012 4:13:36 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Velveeta

I’d wear it as a badge of honor as someone who has his priorities in order. What’s more important - the vanity of walking to get your diploma or the knowledge you cared for your ill mother? Let the shcool do their thing and then, after the ceremony is over, the students can remain and let the kid walk across the stage as his classmates applaud.

School policy is upheld and the kid gets an even greater reward than if the school relented.


58 posted on 04/16/2012 4:15:55 PM PDT by OrangeHoof (Evil never reveals the truth until it's too late to flee.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

And it can happen. I have had it twice and there is no history of cancer i my family at all.


59 posted on 04/16/2012 4:17:26 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: svcw

I don’t know when that went into effect but when I was in school in the late sixties and seventies, all they needed was a note from my mom. A valid note that I always re-wrote in my handwriting.


60 posted on 04/16/2012 4:17:34 PM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: heartwood
Same with some jobs.

Some large companies have migrated to the concept of Flexible Time Off (FTO.) In essence it is an earnable vacation time that you can take whenever you need it. You can take it also in case of short term medical problems. Long term medical is a different story.

Petty tyrants only have power over this guy because he wants something that they control. I certainly wouldn't beg them for anything; but this guy's circumstances may be different.

Myself, I never set foot to a graduation ceremony of any kind. I hate such things. The teacher was really confused when I said that I have important things to do instead :-) (like the tuning of my 80 meter dipole on the roof, as I recall.) I also remember picking up my university diploma at the secretary's desk. Easy, quick and convenient. The end result is the same. Skip the fluff, do things that matter instead.

61 posted on 04/16/2012 4:19:54 PM PDT by Greysard
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To: Velveeta

I was told on the last day of classes in my senior year of high school that even though I had earned the proper class credits and passing grades in order to successfully graduate, I would not be getting my diploma certificate because I never paid my $20 in “Senior Dues”. At the beginning of the year, they stated that your $20 in Senior Dues got you admission tickets to the graduation ceremony, paid for after-school activities that I never attended, etc. I saw it even back then for what it was, a school money-grab. And I didn’t even care to attend my graduation, so I just said screw it and didn’t pay it. Still, I was never told that they would withhold my diploma from me until I paid. I found that wrong, and in my eyes blackmail by them to get that money. This was in 1992, so any insane school policy today doesn’t surprise me at all.


62 posted on 04/16/2012 4:20:34 PM PDT by richmwill
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To: JLS

I was diagnosed with breast cancer when my daughter was a senior in high school. I was on chemotherapy from Jan to June. She took days out of school to hold my head over a pan while I puked. My daughter also got a letter from the school stating that she had gone over the acceptable limit of absences. The difference was that this was a private Catholic school and instead of punishing her they sent me get well cards when she explained the situation.


63 posted on 04/16/2012 4:23:13 PM PDT by heylady (¬ďSometimes I wish I could be a Democrat and then I remember I have a soul.¬Ē( Deb))
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To: Velveeta

I think he & his mother should go to the graduation ceremonies and sit in the audience section. Then at some pre-arranged moment, preferably when the idiot school administrator gets up to speak, blah-blah-blah, the entire student section (and most likely 98% of the audience as well) should stand up and start chanting “Let Fish Walk!” and keep doing it until the administrator & school officials relent....which they will after 10 minutes of pandemonium!


64 posted on 04/16/2012 4:23:40 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: haircutter
Carrollton, OH
65 posted on 04/16/2012 4:25:41 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: svcw

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

==

Ridiculous.

What about the death of a parent,sibling,or grandparent?

No excuse for that?


66 posted on 04/16/2012 4:30:14 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
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To: haircutter

carrollton is in carroll county about 80-90 miles south and east of cleveland. its the country, worlds away from
cleveland, if you get my drift.

my brother owns a business in carroll county.
he and lots of others are really starting to make some money
associated with the utica shale/chesapeake energy.stores and restaurants opening,vehicle sales through the roof,
housing at a premium...until government shuts it all down is suppose.


67 posted on 04/16/2012 4:31:20 PM PDT by americas.best.days...
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To: Velveeta
Where was The Village? Where was their help? /sarcasm

Any 17 year old who can take on and endure such a huge responsibility has learned far more about life than what wasn't taught him in those missed days. The mother has raised a terrific son it sounds like with FAR GREATER VALUES than what the so called public schools have to offer. This is where rules made to discourage truancy go way too far and common sense is nowhere to be found except for the 17 year old.

68 posted on 04/16/2012 4:36:22 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: svcw

School phone number 330.627.2134

Thanks for the phone #. I just called and left a msg on the High School Main Office .. and voiced my opinion very nicely. Said I was a Grandma with Grandchildren graduating this year .. and that the young Mr Fisher should be able to walk.

It took only a couple of minutes .. Hope they let him walk.


69 posted on 04/16/2012 4:41:53 PM PDT by gramcam
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To: petitfour
Why doesn’t his mom call in and excuse his absences?

A lot of school districts after either the third or fifth day missed a year require a doctors excuse or it is unexcused. Yes even if the school system knows a bug is going around like wildfire. Attendance policies are not written with life events in mind. They are written solely for obtaining maximum state and federal funds.

70 posted on 04/16/2012 4:45:09 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgment? Which one say ye?)
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To: Velveeta

There is much missing from this story.
What do they mean by,”none of which have technically been excused”. HUH?! Are you kidding me? What does this mean? Do your job and EXPLAIN!
Why aren’t school officials interviewed or why doesn’t it say they refused to comment.
This woman has a six year battle with cancer and school officials aren’t aware of it until this young man’s senior year? Did he miss excessive days his junior or sophomore year? Maybe the mom’s health degenerated to the point where the young man was needed.
We are expected to take for fact much inferred by this reporter. It is difficult for me to believe anyone could be this out of touch, even an administrator.


71 posted on 04/16/2012 4:50:51 PM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: Velveeta

There is much missing from this story.
What do they mean by,”none of which have technically been excused”. HUH?! Are you kidding me? What does this mean? Do your job and EXPLAIN!
Why aren’t school officials interviewed or why doesn’t it say they refused to comment.
This woman has a six year battle with cancer and school officials aren’t aware of it until this young man’s senior year? Did he miss excessive days his junior or sophomore year? Maybe the mom’s health degenerated to the point where the young man was needed.
We are expected to take for fact much inferred by this reporter. It is difficult for me to believe anyone could be this out of touch, even an administrator.


72 posted on 04/16/2012 4:51:09 PM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: svcw
Do not know about Ohio, but in California absences are only excused if the student is sick - no exceptions.

If this had happened in the workplace, Austin could have taken time off to care for his mother, without penalty, under the Family Leave Act.

73 posted on 04/16/2012 4:51:52 PM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: GeronL

I don’t ask permission, I just do it. My reputation for not putting up with the crapola preceded me when she went to middle school.......haven’t had a single issue.


74 posted on 04/16/2012 4:52:56 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: 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.

I didn't read the article.

How many games and practices did he miss?

ML/NJ

75 posted on 04/16/2012 5:38:14 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: Mears

Good question. When I was in HS, my friend’s mother died and they told her she still had to come to school.


76 posted on 04/16/2012 5:57:23 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: americas.best.days...
‘Suburban CLEVELAND??? that would be Brook Park, or North Olmsted, or maybe Willoughby, or Euclid, and so forth...not 80 to 100 miles South!!!!

That Fox reporter needs to clear this up...I lived in Cleveland and Suburban Cleveland for 52 years, when you head South of Lake Erie you are going ‘COUNTRY’

Public Schools today leave a lot to be desired, thankfully my kids are raised.

glad to hear your brother and others are doing well in business..I had my own Salon in CLEVELAND in late 60’ and early 70’s and it was so much fun...I spent the finally 17 years in nursing homes, hospitals, and funeral homes as a contractual service and loved every day of my 42 years of hairdressing...today's hairdressing is so different. but still FUN

77 posted on 04/16/2012 5:58:40 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: svcw; All

Copied from Facebook :-)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/281683671915631/

ITS OFFICIAL, “FISH CAN WALK!” MISSION ACCOMPLISHED, THANK YOU, TO THE WHOLE NATION FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT AND TO THE TOWN OF CARROLLTON. sorry carrollton I made you the center of attention the past few days but i just felt it was wrong that I was being punished for doing the right thing. Once again everyone, thank you for everything. I love you Mom :)
- Austin Fisher


78 posted on 04/16/2012 6:22:03 PM PDT by Velveeta (ABO)
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To: Velveeta

As I was reading this, I was thinking, “I bet this boy is white”, and I was right.

Schools need to be extra hard on the minor infractions of white kids in order to even out the discipline statistics on the black kids whose infractions are **not** minor.


79 posted on 04/16/2012 6:23:07 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: Sergio

Wow! You are absolutely right! I only got one out of the four right. He is white.


80 posted on 04/16/2012 6:25:08 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: rawhide

“You never know how much time you have left and that was one of her big [goals] — to see me walk and get my diploma and go off to college. I wouldn’t change it, everything I did. Family first.”
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Wow! He loves his family. If he is Christian that would be five reasons to punish him.


81 posted on 04/16/2012 6:29:21 PM PDT by wintertime (Reforming a government K-12 school is like reforming an abortion center.)
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To: Velveeta

Great news! I guess the national pressure was enormous! They had no choice but to cave.


82 posted on 04/16/2012 8:28:30 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: Clintonfatigued

remember for the left “mother” is a four letter word.


83 posted on 04/16/2012 8:38:13 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Velveeta; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. Articles pinged to the Another Reason to Homeschool List will be given the keyword of ARTH. (If I remember. If I forget, please feel free to add it yourself)

The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.

84 posted on 04/16/2012 9:04:40 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Velveeta

The problem is that these are unexcused absences. Can’t his MOTHER, the one’s he’s caring for, call the school and get them excused?

When I was in high school, all it took was a call from a parent and my absences were excused.


85 posted on 04/16/2012 9:10:36 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Leo58
It is difficult for me to believe anyone could be this out of touch, even an administrator.

10 years ago I would agree with you...however, I have since dealt with admin types and paper pushers a lot.

You are dealing with some of the most linear thinking folks on the planet when you talk to a public school admin type. Their number 1 job is "don't get sued." Job #2 is "if you get sued, make sure you followed every policy to the letter so the dollar amount you pay out is as small as possible."

That is why you see stuff like this....they have to follow the policy book verbatim and each new little snag caused by "life" creates new pages in the policy book.

86 posted on 04/16/2012 10:20:32 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (It is going to be Foot to Ass combat on election day....my foot and a Rat's ass.)
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To: richmwill

I had the same scam in high school. It was the “pay $50 for your high school yearbook or you don’t graduate” scam. I was also on the varsity basketball team, had 2 jobs to help out my parents who were struggling and still managed to get on the deans list and they still didn’t give me my walking papers until embarrassingly my mom knew from another parent.


87 posted on 04/16/2012 10:57:22 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Velveeta

Every single graduate should inform the school, no one walks, no one attends the ceremony, if this kid don’t.

End of story.

Send the message to these government employee lunatics.


88 posted on 04/16/2012 11:37:27 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: RetroSexual
This is a further anecdotal indication that the average public school administrator is a blithering idiot.

Those who can, do.

Those who can't, teach.

Those who can't teach, administrate!

89 posted on 04/16/2012 11:40:08 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: ssaftler

“If this was downtown Cleveland...”

For the record, Carrollton, Ohio is 85 miles SE of Cleveland, Ohio...not even close. Kind of like saying that Chicago is suburban Milwaukee. Carrollton is closer to Pittsburg than it is to Cleveland. That all being said, the Carrollton school administration is infinitely stupid.


90 posted on 04/16/2012 11:59:05 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a tea party descendant - steeped in the Constitutional legacy handed down by the Founders)
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To: Velveeta

bttt


91 posted on 04/17/2012 5:50:10 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: Velveeta

Great, now add guilt to his mother just what she needs right now. School officials - if they were rated on common sense they would get an ‘F’. So much for the ‘educated’.


92 posted on 04/17/2012 6:23:08 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: rawhide

What a sweet and loving kid. Those ‘officials’ may one day need someone and no one will be there. Life has a way of teaching what we are too hard nosed to learn when given the opportunity. What you sow you reap.


93 posted on 04/17/2012 6:40:21 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: SlidingW

Here in Wisconsin, there are doctors standing on street corners waiting to sign excuses. Oh, never mind - those are just for the teachers...


94 posted on 04/17/2012 6:58:45 AM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: svcw
Good question. When I was in HS, my friend’s mother died and they told her she still had to come to school.

Why on earth do people send their kids to public schools?!?!

95 posted on 04/17/2012 7:34:37 AM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: rawhide

That kid is going to be a good husband to a lucky girl some day.


96 posted on 04/17/2012 7:51:13 AM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: samiam1972

I agree. Probaly a lot of girls are already interested in him?

I imagine this kid will get a standing ovation when he walks to get his diploma?


97 posted on 04/17/2012 8:48:12 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: dragnet2

“Every single graduate should inform the school, no one walks, no one attends the ceremony, if this kid don’t.”

That is exactly the answer. The bastard that made this decision is a bully and a coward. Their worst fear is mass disobedience,,someone standing up to them. They count on their title, office, and position to inspire fear.

These administrators are like an armed robber with his hand in his pocket, pretending he has a gun. If you turn and challenge him head on,, he goes into a panic.
This school needs a lesson about who is really in charge.


98 posted on 04/17/2012 8:59:51 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for officeoffI)
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To: DesertRhino

See post #78


99 posted on 04/17/2012 9:01:47 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Lockbox

Ding,Ding,Ding!
Yes, we have a Winner!

To School administrator
“ Take a Quarter a have that mole removed”, says Uncle Buck


100 posted on 04/17/2012 9:08:24 AM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO)
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