District's home-school flub costs student his diploma

It was supposed to be a joyous day marking Javid Johnson's accomplishments after a car wreck, but he was turned away during graduation. The Mount Vernon High School senior was in the serious crash in

News 12 Staff

Jun 26, 2008, 12:01 AM

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District's home-school flub costs student his diploma
It was supposed to be a joyous day marking Javid Johnson's accomplishments after a car wreck, but he was turned away during graduation.
The Mount Vernon High School senior was in the serious crash in March. The school district sent a tutor to home-school Johnson, but the instructor only taught him history ? not the physics class he needed.
Johnson was told the day before the ceremony that he wouldn't receive his diploma because he didn't earn enough credits.
Hours before the ceremony Wednesday, Superintendent Welton Sawyer told News 12 Westchester the boy should have been given another tutor and that he would be able to graduate.
Johnson's feeling of vindication was short-lived. When he arrived at the event there was no cap and gown for him and he was again told that he wouldn't receive his diploma.Principal Waverline Bennett-Conroy promises to look into the matter.
In the meantime, Johnson plans to attend West Virginia State University in the fall, where he'll study biology. He wants to be a neurosurgeon.


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