- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 23, 2015

A 12-year-old cancer survivor has reportedly been expelled from her Michigan middle school after her battle with leukemia caused her too miss too many classes.

Rose McGrath and her family, of Battle Creek, received a letter in the mail last week that dismissed her from St. Joseph Middle School, citing concerns regarding her attendance and academic performance, a local CBS affiliate reported.

“I didn’t do anything wrong, but they still got rid of me,” she told the station.

Rose has attended Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools all her life, but has struggled to attend school after being diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012, the station reported. She said she only attended 32 full days this year.

“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.



Father John Fleckenstein said that for privacy reasons, he could not talk about the situation in its entirety, the CBS affiliate reported. He said the school tried to work with Rose and reduced her workload.

“These were extraordinary circumstances, but so many accommodations were made we felt eventually it became a point where we really had to help Rose, by being able to make sure that she was getting the assistance that she needed and to learn,” said Father Fleckenstein.

Rose’s father, Tom McGrath, said the accommodations that were made were “woefully inadequate for a child with such a serious diagnosis,” the Daily Caller reported.

“It’s not like she’s out at the mall having fun, she’s in her bed, sick with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain,” the mother said. “She’s not having fun, she’s sick. She’d be at school if she could.”

The McGraths said they have filed a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights and are waiting to hear if any action will be taken, CBS reported.

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