Kindergartener Too Young to Stay in School
Posted December 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST
RALEIGH — Friday was the last day of school for a Wake County kindergartener. He didn't do anything wrong, but he's still being thrown out of school.
It's hard to explain "why" to a 5 year old, it's being an ex-4-year old that is why.
Anthony Jones Jr. has attended kindergarten at Joyner Elementary since August 18th. During an immunization check in October, school officials discovered that Anthony was too young, by just a few weeks, to meet school system age requirements. The school says Friday would have to be Anthony's last day. Anthony's dad is mad.
"It's pretty messed up," says Anthony's father, Anthony Sr. "How can you have a kid go to school half of a year and then determine that he shouldn't be there? That doesn't make sense."
The principal and assistant principal say there is an age limit rule and they have to stick to it. They say Anthony is welcome here once he meets the requirements for kindergarten.
Anthony came out of the smart start program. His parents say officials with the program told them Anthony qualified for kindergarten. The parents say they'll have trouble affording daycare. But, it's more trouble explaining to Anthony why he can't go to school anymore.
"They don't have any consideration for him at all," Jones says. What would make him happy is for Anthony to be put in kindergarten somewhere else.
The parents claim it was the school's responsibility to catch the age problem. They say the oversight, is now very traumatic on a very young student.
Joyner Elementary principal Susan Jordan says the school has tried to set up suitable daycare for Anthony. She says she's never had anything like this happen in her 17 years as a principal.