Saturday, 13 April 2013

Homebound student forbidden to attend senior prom

Homebound student forbidden to attend senior prom, Sammie Brown has been told she will not be allowed to attend her senior prom. The decision to not allow the senior to attend the prom has nothing to do with her grades or her behavior. According to an April 11 report by KWTV Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma teen can not attend her senior prom because she is a homebound student.

Sammie Brown was born with a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow all over her body. That genetic disorder is known as neurofribromatosis. Sammie Brown has undergone 11 surgeries since the summer of 2012.

The teenager's doctor thought it would be best if she was placed in homebound learning. In Oklahoma, when a chronically ill student can not attend class, they become homebound students. A teacher meets with the student to make sure they are keeping up with their workload. They receive the same credit for their work when homebound as they would have if they had been attending class.

“I see both sides,” Nita Rogers, from Norman, said. “If my kids are too sick to go to school that usually means they are too sick to participate in after-school activities. However, with some long-term illness, there will be good days and bad days. If the prom is on a good day and the doctor says it is okay, let her go.”

When Sammie Brown's mother contacted the school, the rule was reconsidered. Sammie Brown can attend her senior prom, if her doctor will give permission. The teen has elected not to go to prom. At the time of publication, it was unknown if that was a choice she made or if she was unable to get permission from her doctor.

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