Some school rules need to be broken, or changed otherwise it can be said leaders lack compassion

For the most part I believe students should follow the rules of the school they attend. If they do not,they should be punished. From my work at a daycare I have viewed what happens when bad behavior is allow to go on with no action being taken by the folks in charge. Too often that is what is taking place, or not taking place in schools, and day cares today.
Well here is a case where I think the rule should be rejected by all involved.
Amy Dickes is getting closer to another milestone that will be painful.
Her teenage daughter, McKenna Smith, should be getting ready to graduate from high school with the senior class in Waverly, Nebraska.
Sadly McKenna died last July at the young age of 17. She had suffered with juvenile Huntington’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder.
The students at Waverly High school wanted to show her family they cared. So the senior class came up with the idea of leaving a chair open at graduation to commemorate the teen. While she was ill students had fundraisers for her and wanted to honor her during the graduation.
Great idea from some caring students you might think. Well the leaders of the Waverly school district said no. You see they have a policy which states they can not honor a dead student. ( District denies graduation memorial )
The superintendent Bill Heimann said the district is just trying to be consistent.
I would disagree.The school leaders may not have meant it this way, but they are looking heartless.
I know schools struggle how to handle deaths of students like if they take their own lives. Still in this case that is not an issue. This teenager died from an illness.
Under the policy accepted memorials include scholarships, a brick or bench purchased for the Learning Garden at Waverly High, plantings on school grounds with a commemorative marker, donations of books or other school supplies, or establishing a fund for a school or particular activity.
Memorials should not disrupt the school day, infringe upon the separation of church and state, or involve pictures of the deceased, the policy states.
I guess a class could not give a Bible in the name of the student.
This is crazy. There are times when rules that were meant for good should be broken. Here is an example say I am out walking at night. I hear a kid crying in a pool because he, or she doesn’t know how to swim. Then I see a sign which reads no swimming. Would a good person let a kid die because of the rule. No of course not.
Well this school policy could cause a lot of hurt feelings over honoring a dead student which is already sad. Come on Waverly do what is right. Help this family, along with your students heal from a sad event.

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