Months of anticipation turned to disappointment when six California particular schooling graduating college students seen their names weren’t included of their highschool’s commencement program and their diplomas weren’t ordered in time for the ceremony.
Carrying his blue button-up shirt and a pink bow tie to match his college’s pirate-themed colours, Joseph Sanchez-Muñoz attended his San Leandro Excessive College commencement on June 9, “tremendous excited to make my household proud,” he informed NBC Information.
As a pupil dwelling with a uncommon illness after surviving most cancers as a child, graduating from highschool is a milestone that holds additional significance for Joseph and his household.
However after studying he and 5 different particular schooling have been excluded from the commencement program, he “felt unhappy, depressed,” Joseph, 18, stated.
“I felt discriminated,” Joseph’s mother, Elena Muñoz, informed NBC Information. “Why have been the children not in there? Is it as a result of they’re particular ed children? Why did they go away them behind?”
Joseph underwent liver and kidney transplants whereas battling most cancers. He was then identified with Hao-Fountain Syndrome, a uncommon illness brought on by mutations within the USP7 gene that may have an effect on a variety of bodily and behavioral traits.
“They shattered a second that I used to be supposed to maintain in reminiscence,” Muñoz, 34, who’s a well being care employee in San Leandro, stated. “Not figuring out how lengthy I’m going to have my son, each milestone, it’s a giant milestone.”
The morning after commencement, Joseph cleaned the body the place he had deliberate to put his highschool diploma.
Muñoz and some of the opposite mother and father and college students went to choose up the diplomas up from the varsity however have been informed they must wait a month as a result of they’d forgotten to get them organized, she stated.
“The mothers simply felt just like the district did not respect us,” Muñoz stated.
A spokesperson for the San Leandro Unified College District informed NBC Information this sort of “clerical error” had not beforehand occurred within the particular schooling program’s historical past.
“We’re conducting a full overview of our commencement processes to make sure that a important error like this doesn’t happen once more sooner or later,” San Leandro Excessive College principals stated in an announcement.
As a part of an apology, the varsity promised to hand-deliver the diplomas early subsequent week. The households already obtained up to date commencement packages.
Whereas their names weren’t initially included within the printed commencement program, Joseph and the 5 different graduates have been capable of have their names introduced as they walked throughout the stage the day of graduation.
A gaggle of oldsters are planning on taking authorized motion towards the varsity, as they “simply need modifications of equality for all individuals with disabilities,” Elena Muñoz stated.
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