Campbell County mother claims trouble enrolling child in school

Campbell County mother claims trouble enrolling child in school

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Malachi Aaronstorm Thacker, 5, wasn't in class Thursday. In fact, his mother says he hasn't been to school in more than a month, since they moved back to Campbell County from Kentucky. Malachi Aaronstorm Thacker, 5, wasn't in class Thursday. In fact, his mother says he hasn't been to school in more than a month, since they moved back to Campbell County from Kentucky.
Letitia Lowe said she first tried to enroll Malachi at LaFollette Elementary on Monday, March 31. Letitia Lowe said she first tried to enroll Malachi at LaFollette Elementary on Monday, March 31.
By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

LAFOLLETTE (WATE) - A Campbell County mother called 6 News for help saying she's having problems enrolling her child in school.
   
Malachi Aaronstorm Thacker, 5, wasn't in class Thursday. In fact, his mother says he hasn't been to school in more than a month, since they moved back to Campbell County from Kentucky.

"I am just so worried that he's missing out. He's got to have the education," said Letitia Lowe.

She said she first tried to enroll Malachi at LaFollette Elementary on Monday, March 31.

"They said I had to get a new shot record," Lowe said. She says she brought it back the same morning. "They just said it was too late in the day."

So she says she came back another day.

"They said there were some other problems and they couldn't get the records from Kentucky," Lowe said. "The next time they told me that his middle name was too long, that he may not be able to remember how to spell his name, so they wanted me to either drop the Aaron or the Storm."
 
"That is absurd. That is ludicrous. That is absolutely not true," said LaFollette Elementary principal Meredith Arnold. "We have been waiting on the proper paperwork to be produced, which is the Social Security card, birth certificate and shot record, and that has to be supplied by the custodial guardian."
 
Lowe said she's had all that since her second trip to the school on March 31 and that she's been there six times, including Wednesday at 7:17 a.m.
and Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. Principal Arnold disagrees, saying it was well after 7:45 a.m. both days, when TCAP testing had already begun and the school was on lockdown.

Arnold said Malachi and his mother should come to the school Friday morning at 7:45 a.m. with all the proper documentation and he will be enrolled.

Update:
Lowe contacted 6 News Friday to say she was at LaFollette Elementary School at 7:45 a.m. as asked, and her son Malachi was enrolled in kindergarten with no problems and went straight to class.
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