A wheelchair-bound Houston fifth-grader was reduced to tears after no one read her name at a graduation ceremony last week.
Trinecia Blacklock’s graduation was nearing its end on Tuesday when her mother Tonisha McCowan ran to the principal to tell her she’d forgotten her daughter’s name.
The principal finally called the weeping young girl’s name, only to realize that the stage had no access ramp. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. Wheelchair-bound Houston girl Trinecia Blacklock was brought to tears when staff at her school forgot to call her name at a fifth grade graduation ceremony last week.
The girl told KHOU:
I wish I would have gone across the stage, but they have no ramp, nothing but stairs.
Her mother said that the entire family was in attendance at Link Elementary, to cheer her daughter on, but instead all ended up upset. She said:
How they missed her sitting there by herself down there in a wheelchair, I don’t know.
We were waiting to see her graduate everybody was there to yell, scream, but we got shut down completely.
2. Trinecia’s mother said that the entire family (pictured) was in attendance at Link Elementary, to cheer her daughter on, but instead all ended up upset.
Tonisha added that the episode left Trinecia feeling “humiliated”. She told KHOU:
Her joy from that day was stripped from right under her.
The school issued a statement on the fiasco, which read, in part:
The student was acknowledged from the podium but was unable to cross the stage to receive a certificate.
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.
3. A student is overlooked at her elementary graduation — a KHOU report.
4. A student in a wheelchair is forgotten at her graduation — a USA Today report.
Read more: KHOU.
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