School Threatens Detention If Special Needs Kids Try to Play at Field Day

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Jake Wesley, 14, was excited by his school's upcoming field day ... that is, until he was told special needs kids like him couldn't participate, and that he'd face detention if he tried.

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Jake has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disease that makes his muscles weak and leaves him wheelchair bound. 

In spite of his disability, he was disappointed when he along with 60 others received a letter from Bucks County Technical High School saying he was "medically exempt" from the athletic activities of field day, and would be disciplined if he tried to be involved.

So he posted the letter online, tweeting special needs advocacy groups.

Now, for one, I  don't understand why this kid would have been "disciplined" for participating in field day. It's one thing to say "don't participate," but something else to be punished if you do. That seems extreme.

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All I can say is, if this were my kid, I'd be very proud of him. I admire his initiative to do something about an injustice that will help not only him have a happier school experience, but many other kids with special  needs, too.

I also think many parents might try to fight this battle on behalf of their kid. If my daughter faced some sort of discrimination at school, you can bet I'd march right into that school and give them a piece of my mind!

Yet I like how this kid's parents let him be his own advocate. For one, I think it's far more powerful coming from a kid. Two, he's learning to stick up for himself, and that's a skill that'll do him well down the road.

Hear more about his story in the video below:

Do you allow your kid to fight his own battles?

 

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