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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.

Why not?

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."

Entire editorial:
"Denying dance tryout unfair to every student" (Tri-City Herald)


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