At first glance, it sounds like the people in the Fulton County, Georgia school district have no compassion, and that is certainly true. But, it is actually worse than that. The issue is that Sinclair Coffers, a student who has allegedly done well in all his high school subjects, apart from math, is not being allowed to graduate from Grade 12.
The problem? Successful completion of math is compulsory in the U.S. State of Georgia. And, since Coffers is being told he cannot graduate without math, he, his family and those who would advocate on his behalf, are saying it is the school district (via the law) that are blocking his graduation.
Now, we can argue that expectations should not be watered-down for anyone. However, the relevant issue in this case is not that this young man cannot complete his math exam, the issue is that Fulton County officials have provided waivers to other exceptional students in the past that allowed them to graduate.
So, either Fulton County authorities tell the full reason they are not granting Coffers a waiver or they remove the option of a waiver altogether from everyone. Because it is not fair or compassionate to allow some students with exceptionalities to graduate and not others.
However, if it is more than the math, then Sinclair Coffers and his family deserve to know the full truth. In fact, I would go so far as to say that withholding the reason for denying the waiver, as well as not allowing the waiver in the first place, are a type of institutional bullying.