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From Marla Tellez

A Diploma for Jahi

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They say persistence pays off and for the McMath family it certainly has.

13 year old Jahi McMath, the girl from Oakland who was pronounced brain dead almost 6 months ago, will receive an honorary diploma from her middle school on Friday, after all. Initially, E.C. Reems Academy of Technology and Arts was reluctant to recognize Jahi, citing complaints from people concerned about giving her too much attention. But, after the family petitioned and their campaign on Facebook garnered more and more support, the school has agreed to acknowledge Jahi at the graduation ceremony. So, her family will take home her 8th grade diploma and presumably present it to her as she remains on life support in an undisclosed location.

What’s hard for me to understand is the people who are upset over this decision. (If you’re one of them, forgive me). Online, for example, one person writes “Instead of education, the school is fostering ignorance, stupidity, narcissism, and treating a dream as reality.” Really?! In my humble opinion, honoring Jahi doesn’t foster anything but hope, love, and support. I don’t see anything wrong with that. The poor girl went in for tonsil surgery back in December, only to go into cardiac arrest, slip into a coma, and then was declared brain dead. Sure, the doctors say she is gone and still the family went let her go. I get the controversy and varied opinions that surrounded this part of Jahi’s journey. But to come down on the school for handing over a piece of paper her family can forever cherish is simply a waste of energy. Let the family be proud of their girl who never got the chance to wear a cap and gown.

Photo from the Keep Jahi McMath On Life Support Facebook page.

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