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Jun 16, 2011

Banned student attends her graduation ceremony

Lashanda Crawford

On Wednesday’s newscast we told you about a twelve year old girl who was being barred from attending her graduation at St. Francis Xavier Primary School in Esperanza, Cayo.  Her family members contacted the Ministry of Education after they could not resolve the issue with the school. The graduation ceremony occurred this morning and the family vowed that Lashanda Crawford would wear her white dress and attend the ceremony. There were police officers at the church and according to Stephanie Crawford, Lashanda’s cousin; no one stopped them from taking part.

Via Phone: Stephanie Crawford, Cousin of Lashanda Crawford

“This morning, we got her ready in her white dress and white shoes and we went to the church where they had the graduation ceremony and she marched in. She was told that she was supposed to walk for last and she went in being the last one in the line and she went inside. When she went inside, there wasn’t a chair for her, but we took a chair ourselves to the church so that the other person whose outta chair could have sat down. They brought in some police officers to deal with us. And they told us that they still want to have a meeting with the police and the education department tomorrow at eleven o’clock. So that’s where we stayed today.”

Jose Sanchez

Stephanie Crawford

“But she was able to take part in the ceremony because you pushed a bit?”

Via Phone: Stephanie Crawford

“Yes, because we pushed and thanks to Channel Five, we were able to participate and she did participate in the ceremony today. We say thanks to Channel Five for giving us that chance and hearing our cry on the matter.”

Crawford says that the family will still meet with ministry officials on Friday.

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11 Responses for “Banned student attends her graduation ceremony”

  1. Victoria says:

    what is all the fuss about?? this is a kid let her enjoy her graduation, what a way to put someone down

  2. CEO says:

    So why was she not allowed to attend? If there was no reason then these teachers need to understand their roll in society. They are there to educate and help students learn how to be better citizens; remembering that there will be some who will push the limit and challenge authority. When this happen they are not to copout and expell them because anyone can do this. Their training should have covered how to deal with challenging students.

    If the student has done something that is that bad I agree that she should have been diciplined because she should also learn that her actions have consequences, but the punishment should fit the crime.

  3. Mr,Minister says:

    Belizeans its time to stand up for our rights we have the power our voices must be heard

  4. belizeanpride says:

    gawd!! they even had police there for the ceremony just like if the kid was a criminal that had to be watched over. damn!!! how come they don’t treat the criminals like that also. this is horrendous and very rediculous to read things like this happening in our educational issues.

  5. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    FOR THIS SAME REASON YOUNG PEOPLE BEHAVE THE WAY THEY DO, NO MATTER WHAT THEY DID PARENTS ALWAYS WANTS TO SPOIL THEM, IF SHE BEHAVE BAD BEFORE HER GRADUATION THEN THIS IS THE RIGHT DISCIPLINE FOR HER, SHE IS SUFFERING THE CONSEQUENCES OF HER ACTION.

    YOUNG PEOPLE THESE DAYS CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT BECAUSE THEY KNOWS PARENTS WILL ALLOW THEM TO GET AWAY WITH ANY CRIME.
    THAT IS WHY I BELIEVE ALL THE CRIME AND SOCIAL ISSUES ARE THE PARENTS FAULTS.

  6. John Boy,Carson,Ca says:

    I am glad the parents stood up for their child.The child earned the right to participate in her graduation.

  7. Jan says:

    @ LARGE AND SEXY: If it were your child, would you agree with not letting her march up with the rest of her classmtes for her Graduation? The other child involved in the fight would have been allowed to march up with her classmates…….fair is fair, whats good for one should be good for the other as well….if they were going to punish one child by not letting her march then the other child should not march either.

  8. LARGE AND SEXY says:

    IF MY CHILD WAS IN THE WRONG I WOULD NOT HAVE ALLOWED HER TO WALK UP.

  9. Elgin Martinez says:

    I would like to agree with Large and Sexy,however i believe that the punishment was too harsh.

  10. tim says:

    LARGE and SEXY… hmmm.. sounds yummy.. when can we meet>? lol.. you know no matter how bad the student was, to march down that isle is the best reward.. don’t take away good things from youths.. instead, educate them.. that’s the way forward.. good luck to her.. hope she march down the isle being an attorney or doctor some day!!

  11. jose says:

    Don’t the school Dean understand the Education Law??????????

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