Cape Town school uninvites disabled child from matric ball dance

Disabled children are not invited to the matric ball dance at Cape Town School.

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A former student who now uses a wheelchair was not invited to Heideveld High School’s matric ball dance, which has drawn criticism. Chelse Leigh Tiemie( 17 ), who would have enrolled in matric this year, was initially invited by the school, but it later changed its mind.

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After being hit by a car, Chelse became paralyzed. Chelse and six of her friends were driving back from Usave on October 17, 2020, when a white VW CiTi Golf collided with them, sending them flying.

She was forced to stop attending school as a result of this tragic incident, which left her with permanent disabilities.

Her father, Alrich Willis, expressed their initial joy when the school graciously invited Chelse to a matric ball with her friends nearly three years after the accident that rendered her disabled.

However, after making extensive preparations for the event, Chelse’s hopes were dashed, and their joy turned to disappointment, according to IOL.

Willis remarked,” We prepared, we bought her a few dresses to wear, and someone offered to transport her for this important event as well as do her hair and makeup.” They let me know on Friday that they had gone over the venue’s allotted time.

How can you treat people who have experienced so much with their child like that? Willis inquired.

The distraught father posted his outrage over the school’s actions on Facebook.

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On Tuesday night, the school held its lavish matric ball at the Cape Town Convention Center.

Chelse’s parents did not confirm their attendance within the allotted timeframe, according to Millicent Merton, spokesperson for the Western Cape Education Department.

The former learner participated in a variety of school activities, according to Merton. The invitation that was sent to each guest had to be accepted. Regrettably, the father’s response to the invitation was tardy.

Willis claims that while he acknowledged the invitation, the school never followed up with him, saying,” I was told they would get in touch with more information.”

I won’t name any names, but I sincerely hope you never treat a child or family in this way again. Willis said,” I hope you can relate to my disgust and disappointment.

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