Special needs student denied varsity letter jacket in Kansas

By on April 1, 2015

Mike Kelley of Witchita East High School isn't allowed to wear the letter jacket that his mom got for him, school officials told his stunned mother.Jolinda Kelley via Facebook

Mike Kelley of Witchita East High School isn’t allowed to wear the letter jacket that his mom got for him, school officials told his stunned mother.

The treatment of a special needs student in Wichita, Kan., who was told he can’t wear a varsity letter jacket has drawn criticism from his fellow students at Wichita East High School and commenters on social media from all over.

A parent at the school where Michael Kelley, who has Down syndrome and autism, participates on an extracurricular basketball team expressed concern to the school’s teachers that Kelley was wearing the coat without playing on a varsity sports team,

But since news of the school’s dogmatic varsity letter policy broke on Thursday, the story has reverberated around the country, with the family

Kelley pointed out that other schools in the district do give special needs students a path to earning varsity letters at Saturday’s press conference. And she said she’s not fighting back just to help her own son get one.

“This is not about a letterman’s jacket or a single student,” she said. “It’s about the school district creating a policy for all its schools that treats every student with the same level of equality and compassion.”

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