Decision To Keep Student From Dance Team Tryouts Is "Troublesome"
May 21, 2003
RICHLAND, WASHINGTON--Fourteen-year-old Shavonne Belford will not be on Hanford High School's dance team.
She was not even allowed to try out for the team.
Because she has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair, and the school said it would not be safe for her.
According to an editorial in Wednesday's Tri-City Herald, the decision kept Shavonne's classmates from knowing her "as a friend, a co-worker or, yes, even a teammate." It also sent the message that "it's acceptable to refuse people a chance based on assumptions about their abilities."
"Denying dance tryout unfair to every student" (Tri-City Herald)