Anorexic loses valedictorian status

A Houston-area high school denied valedictorian honors to its top student because she enrolled six weeks late in her junior year; she was being treated for anorexia. She kept up with her school work while in a treatment facility.

Kingwood High requires valedictorians to be enrolled by the 20th day of their junior year to avoid last-minute transfers; Karen Scherr has attended district schools since kindergarten.

Despite student petitions and pleas from students on the Top 10 list at Kingwood High, school officials said the title instead would go to the number two student, Alex Gorham. 

Here’s the positive news:

Gorham said the victory would be a hollow one for him and asked the school to reconsider.

He’s a winner.

And nobody’s filed a lawsuit.

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  1. Ross the Heartless Conservative says:

    I suspect the fear of lawsuits is what lead the school to behave in so boorish of a manner in the first place. Strict adherence to rules is one of the few defenses that can be used if a lawsuit is filed.

  2. I suppose, Ross, but given that Gorham is actualy on Scherr’s side, just who else exactly would have standing to sue? There’s no other party whose “injury” could be attributed to the school not adhering to the policy.

  3. murphy300 says:

    A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

  4. Ross the Heartless Conservative says:

    Anyone who did not sign up by the deadline of their junior year and was previously denied valedictorian status would have a decent case as would anyone who was denied for that reason in the future. If it so happened that the person who was denied was of a different race than Miss Scherr then a successful lawsuit would be even more likely.

    I agree with you. However, consistency is a lot easier to defend in court.

  5. Walter E. Wallis says:

    I sure miss responsibility and judgement.

  6. Steve LaBonne says:

    Walter, me too. Don’t forget to thank your friendly neighborhood lawyer for their demise.