If this is true, then something really needs to change.
The television station KSN reported that a Wichita East special-needs student was told to remove his letter jacket at school.
According to the TV station, Michael Kelley has Down Syndrome and autism. He plays basketball, so his family bought a varsity letter for him to wear. The story says the letter is an official Wichita East varsity letter.
“Another parent, from what I had been told, was upset that my son was wearing his letter jacket,” Michael’s mom, Jolinda Kelly, told KSN.
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The school’s principal, Ken Thiessen, told the Wichita Eagle on Saturday that no one told Michael to remove the jacket.
“The incident, if you call it that, happened more than a year ago,” Thiessen told the Eagle.
A teacher told Jolinda Kelley that he probably shouldn’t wear a varsity letter because he had not participated on a varsity team.
However, Thiessen told the TV station in its report that Wichita East considered letting special-needs students to wear the letters, but it was “not appropriate because it’s not a varsity-level competition.”
Here is the original KSN story.
Thanks to Sam Mellinger, who brought this to my attention:
A change.org petition has been started to change this policy at Wichita East.