Updated: 04/28/2014 11:12 PM
Created: 04/28/2014 11:03 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
Is one local school district being too tough on one of its students? The mother of one teen says yes.
Jacqueline Duncan is a junior who is not being allowed to go to her prom. The Wayne Central School District says it is because she has not met academic standards. Her mother says it is because she's battling a disease and that the prom would be a highlight of her school year.
Duncan has two chronic auto-immune disorders that have caused her to miss a lot of school. Because of that, she’s not passing all of her classes and the district says she’s not eligible to attend the prom. Duncan has dreamed of going to the prom since she was a little girl. She already has her dress.
Duncan was diagnosed with pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with the strep virus or PANDAS and another disorder known as RND. The combination of these disorders causes muscle pain, fatigue, depression and a host of other problems. Jackie spends several hours a day between doctors’ visits, physical and occupational therapy and some days is in too much pain to attend classes.
Duncan and her family have launched a petition drive on the web and raised 565 signatures since Friday from supporters of her quest to attend the prom.
The superintendent says she has not spoken with the family and is waiting for all of the medical documents to come in before making a final decision.