PLANO – Graduation is a once in a lifetime rite of passage, and Victoria McKennon has worked harder than most kids to get there.
She’s a senior at Plano Senior High, and has spent most of her life fighting cystic fibrosis — and now she feels like she’s ready to walk the stage with her friends.
The problem is, Victoria will be one credit short on graduation day.
She isn’t asking the school to give her a diploma until she completes that class this summer, but surely she can be on stage with everybody in her class, right?
Well, Plano ISD says, “No!”
The McKennons say they’ve made requests and filed complaints under federal disability laws, but the school district requires all students to meet “all state and local graduation requirements.” Period.
Support for Victoria has been pouring in from friends – and even strangers – but only time will tell if that support is enough to convince the district to let Victoria walk in June.