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A Special Needs Student Was Told He Couldn't Wear A Varsity Jacket At School, But His Mother Is Fighting For Change

Mar 31, 2015

One young man and his varsity letter jacket are stirring up quite a bit of buzz in Wichita, Kansas. Michael Kelley is a student at Wichita East High school who has Down syndrome and autism. He was recently recognized at his school for playing on the high school's special needs basketball team, leaving both him and his family beaming. Like any proud parent, Kelley's adopted mom, Jolinda, bought her son a letter jacket, just like the ones other players at the school wear. It came as a shock to Mrs. Kelley when another parent complained about her son's jacket, which resulted in the school asking him to remove it. Teachers and administrators don't believe Kelley should be allowed to wear the letter since he is not truly a varsity player. Mrs. Kelley knows there are rules in place at the school, but she isn't happy with them and is looking for a major change.

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