Just when she thought things couldn’t get any worse, 12-year-old Rose McGrath got a devastating letter from her school.
Meet 12-year-old Rose McGrath of Battle Creek, Michigan.
For the past 3 years, Rose has been battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
The treatment for which is continuous intensive chemotherapy. Thankfully for Rose and her family, the cancer is finally in remission (and all things considered, she’s been a real trooper about the whole “having cancer” thing).
Rose was eager to return to a normal life after cancer, but that all changed when she received a letter stating she was being dismissed from St. Joseph Middle School.
Citing attendance and academic performance reasons, the school Rose attended her entire life felt they could no longer keep Rose as a student (despite the fact that she was on track to pass her core classes).
Father John Fleckenstein of the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools commented on the situation in an interview with WWMT.
According to Fleckenstein:
“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 needed and to learn.”
Let’s take a moment and parse that out. The school felt they made “too many accommodations” for a girl who was dying of cancer, and whose body was being regularly ravaged by chemo. So “for her own good,” they decided to kick her out?
For more details on the story, here’s the full coverage with interviews from News 3 WWMT:
I will warn you: it’s utterly heartbreaking to watch Rose (who, again, just beat cancer) in tears, talk about how “she didn’t do anything wrong, but they still got rid of [her].”