Young girl dismissed from school over attendance, academic performance while fighting cancer

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. – In 2012, Rose McGrath was diagnosed with leukemia. She has been battling her cancer since then, but recently her family received more bad news they didn’t expect.

The family was sent a letter from Rose’s school, saying she was being dismissed for lack of attendance and academic performance. She has attended 32 full days of school so far this year, according to WMMT.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me,” Rose said.

Despite her health issues, the McGrath’s say Rose was still on track to pass.

“Even though she’s now done with her treatment you still have a very long recovery process because you’ve basically just put two and a half years of poison into your body. you’re not recovering overnight,” said Rose’s mother Barbara McGrath.

The school said they attempted to accommodate Rose, but her parents say that the efforts made were inadequate for someone fighting such a difficult illness.

While they wait for action to be taken, the McGrath’s have filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights.