A 12-year-old girl in Michigan recently finished her two and a half-year-long battle with cancer in December. What should have been a time of celebration—she is now in remission—has been tarnished by her school’s callous actions.
Rose McGrath received a letter from St. Joseph Middle School informing her that she was dismissed from the institution, citing too many absences and insufficient academic performance.
“I didn’t do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me,” Rose told WWMT News.
The letter from the school cited its own attempts to help reduce Rose’s workload.
“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 need and to learn.”
Rose’s family calls those accommodations “woefully inadequate for a child with such a serious diagnosis,” saying that the school’s efforts failed them.
Although Rose only made it to 32 full days of school this last year her family defends her efforts, saying she did the best she could while battling a terrible illness.
“It’s not like she’s out at the mall having fun,” said her mother, Barbara McGrath. “She’s in her bed, sick with nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. She’s not having fun, she’s sick. She’d be at school if she could.”
The McGraths have reportedly filed an official complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.