Awhile back my sister in law told me about her cousin who lives in South Dakota. Her cousins daughter was diagnosed with Colon Cancer at age 13 and brain cancer at 15. Meredith Erck, who is now 17 years old, has been through hell and back and is now Cancer free but has missed a lot of school due to treatments and surgeries.
Meredith’s high school graduation is this weekend and she was hoping to be able to walk with her best friends and her twin brother on the day she never thought she’d see. Meredith is 6 credits short of graduating but will be making them up during Summer school. Her high school, Central High School will not let Meredith walk at graduation because she is short those 6 credits. According to New York Times, the school said in a statement,
“If we grant one exception, we have opened the door to any and all future requests. High school administrators believe that allowing exceptions diminishes the accomplishments of the graduates.”
The other students that are short credits, unable to walk at graduation, what was their reason for missing school? Was it because of surgeries, chemotherapy, were they fighting for their lives?
Meredith’s mother, Laura Polanco said in an interview with the Rapid City Journal, that the Rapid City School administrators “Have no heart, no compassion.” I couldn’t agree more. The hashtag #LetMeredithWalk has started trending on multiple social media platforms in hopes the administration will change their mind. Read more on the story and Meredith’s journey HERE.