UPDATE, 5:00p ET: A 12-year-old Michigan girl who just beat cancer has now been invited back to school after being dismissed over a low attendance record.
WWMT reported that St. Joseph Middle School has reversed the decision and invited Rose McGrath back.
Read the full statement below from St Joseph's Father Fleckenstein:
"After much consideration and prayer, and in consultation with Mrs. Marcy Arnson, principal of Saint Joseph’s, we have decided to invite seventh grader Rose McGrath to return to our school as soon as possible. We will continue to work with her and continue to provide as many accommodations that will help her during the remainder of the school year.
"We remain convinced that the accommodations provided over the past months were extensive, appropriate, and compassionate. It is unfortunate that the coverage of this issue has been greatly distorted both in the media and on social networks. We hope and pray that moving forward we can do so with mutual respect while providing continued privacy for our student.
"It is due to those privacy issues that we are not able to give a full account of the many hours of dedicated thought and loving efforts that the teachers, staff, and principal did in order to try and ensure Rose was able to progress in her studies so she would be able to succeed while managing her remission. We remain very happy that Rose’s health has improved.
"As we did before, we will continue to work closely with the McGrath family and invite them to take advantage of the accommodations throughout the remainder of the school year. Our focus has been, and remains on the well-being and academic success of Rose."
Read the original story below:
A 12-year-old Michigan girl who just beat cancer has now been dismissed from school over low attendance.
Rose McGrath was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. She finished her treatment in December and is now in remission. But just last week, she was dealt more bad news when she received a letter from St. Joseph Middle School, explaining that she was being dismissed for too many absences and poor academic performance.
Rose attended 32 days of school this academic year.
“It’s not really fair ‘cause I didn’t do anything wrong but they still got rid of me,” Rose said.
The school says it tried to work with Rose to reduce her workload.
“If we have to get to a point where we need to provide education by suggesting that another institution would be more helpful, then we’re fulfilling our responsibility,” Father John Fleckenstein, of Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools, said.
Rose’s parents have filed a civil rights complaint.