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home : opinions : opinions   October 19, 2014

5/7/2014 9:59:00 AM
Letters to the editor: L-P does unforgivable by denying girl prom, graduation

To the dean of students and the board of education at La Salle-Peru High School:

My granddaughter, Haleigh Golgin, is a senior at this school. She was recently suspended for two days not allowed to attend any school function for 30 days — which included prom — and graduating on stage with her classmates.

The reason: a cellphone was stolen from a bathroom at the school, so every girl had her purse searched that used this bathroom. My granddaughter had an inhaler and few Motrin in her purse; she violated their policy of not giving the nurse these items. She had an order from her doctor that she could carry the inhaler but strange enough the nurse could not find it, and she simply forgot to take the six Motrin out of her purse.

So she violated the policy by having an unknown substance in her purse. They were clearly labeled.

When my granddaughter was 13 she died twice. She was a healthy teenager one day and the next day she was fighting for her life. She was put on life support, while we all watched her body shutting down — she was on a ventilator for more then three months and in a coma most of the time. She fought all odds to survive, I watched her every day, sat by her side prayed, made deals with the Lord for a miracle. She had surgeries that left scars that no child should have. She loved softball and was a great pitcher. We loved watching her play; now she cannot play due to her damaged lungs, hence the use of the inhaler.

Do you know what it’s like to not be able to breathe and why God invented inhalers? I watched her go from a shell of a girl who had to learn to walk, talk and use her hands again and what struggles she overcame. She is a miracle. She missed most of her eighth grade year at Parkside in Peru but was allowed to graduate on stage with her classmates, she made it across the stage with her mother’s help and had a standing ovation.

So you see policies CAN be changed. She fought to continue her schooling, had home teaching, summer school. She learned to eat again, not through her stomach from a tube but actually with a fork. She had perfect attendance at school did not even skip on senior skip day.

Policy or not, what you did was unforgivable — you would not even return my son’s phone calls. Prom and graduation were important to her.

Kathy Slover,
Spring Valley

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Article comment by: METALWORKER

Where were the parents in all of this?
Did they not have all of the responsibility to meet with the Super and or Princ. when this girl enrolled in school.
The girl knew what was expected of her and she (CHOSE) to do what she wanted to do.
She broke the rules so grandma feels the board should have excused her.
In a month or so she will go on to a new phase in her life.
Will grandma go to her first job interview and go to work with her daily so the boss treats her in what grandma feels is a fair way?
Come on grandma, do the girl a favor and teach her some respos. she is alive now and doing well so let her live . Help her to be the best that she can be with no special treatment.

Posted: Friday, May 9, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous49193

Sounds to me like the board has their heads you know where

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous28077

Not knowing all the circumstances, only what I have read I this letter, I feel that if this was her first offense a suspension would have served the purpose. The 30 day social probation is taking it a tad too far. In the past, 2years ago, there was a young man who was allowed to attend his senior homecoming after being found drunk at a football game because his parents went to the school and protested his punishment. Yes, she broke school " rules" and there needs to be a price to pay but prom and graduation are a little too far.

Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous8599

It's policy but the punishment is far too extreme. A suspension of 3 days for a 1st offence would have been better. She should be allowed to graduate.

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