A fifth grade girl from Houston, Texas, who depends on a wheelchair to get from place to place broke down crying after school administrators forgot to read her name at graduation.
The graduation ceremony at Link Elementary was close to ending on Tuesday when Trinecia Blacklock's mother quickly informed the principal that her daughter's name had not been called, reports the Daily Mail. The preteen, who was sobbing in the audience, didn't feel much better once her name was mentioned — as she attempted to ascend the stage, she and her family realized it lacked an access ramp.
"How they missed her sitting there by herself in a wheelchair, I don't know," Trinecia's mother, Tonisha McCowan, told KHOU (video below).
"We were waiting to see her graduate everybody was there to yell, scream, but we got shut down completely," McCowan added.
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Trinecia was also disappointed about the incident.
"I wish I would have gone across the stage," Trinecia said, "but they have no ramp, nothing but stairs."
Her family says they tried to make things special for her by giving her a cake, but that it was a very "humiliating" experience.
"Her joy from that day was stripped from right under her," McCowan said.
The school district sent KHOU a statement regarding the incident that read in part:
Although the school had good intentions in acknowledging the student's academic achievement, accommodations should have been made so the student could fully participate in the program or the program should have been adjusted. Once this issue was brought to Spring ISD administration's attention, it was immediately reviewed and district administrators from the Office of School Leadership, which oversees principals and campuses, met with the student's family to offer an apology. Additionally, the Office of Operations is reviewing all district facilities to ensure that they are compliant at all times and that this never happens again.
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