School changes mind, teen battling cancer will get to 'walk' at graduation

School changes mind, teen battling cancer will get to 'walk' at graduation

Credit: Ryan Hilliard/KTVB

School changes mind, teen battling cancer will get to 'walk' at graduation

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Posted on May 24, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 4:45 PM

BOISE -- A Boise teen battling cancer who was told by the Boise School District she could not walk in Timberline High School's graduation next week, will get to participate in the ceremony after all.

That's the word this afternoon from Haylee Winters and her mom.

KTVB first brought light to Haylee's battle with the school during our newscast Wednesday evening. Haylee recently finished a year of intense chemotherapy for a cancerous brain tumor, and is just four elective credits shy of graduating.

School district officials told us it is against their policy to let any student who is short of the required credits walk in the graduation ceremony.

After this story aired on Channel 7, there was a huge public outcry over the decision. An overwhelming majority of the viewer calls and comments to KTVB are in support of letting Haylee walk at the ceremony.

Around 1 p.m. today, Haylee and her mother walked into the administrative offices at Timberline High School to discuss the matter with school officials. About 20 minutes later they came out with smiles on their faces and Haylee was carrying her cap and gown.

The Boise School District did not want to go on camera but released this statement:

After reviewing Haylee Winters' request to participate in the Timberline High School graduation ceremony, Boise School District Superintendent Don Coberly issued this statement:

"School officials work closely with each student in the District to see that they are given every opportunity to graduate on time with their class. In this case, Timberline staff and administration developed a modified plan(in February) tailored to the student's medical condition and needs. We sincerely hope that Haylee will complete the credits necessary to receive her diploma, whether prior to the graduation ceremony or thereafter.

That aside, I have determined that this is a unique situation, and therefore, in consultation with the Timberline administration, we have decided to provide the opportunity forHaylee Winters to participate in graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, May 30."

Our Andrea Lutz talked with Haylee and her mom. Check back later for a full update to this story.

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