Campbell County mother wants 8th grade graduation

Campbell County mother wants 8th grade graduation

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"I can't believe this,” Patricia Wilson said. “I want a graduation." "I can't believe this,” Patricia Wilson said. “I want a graduation."
Instead, the school said it plans to hold a cook-out at Cove Lake State Park just for the students, and they will hold an awards ceremony after the cookout which parents can attend. Instead, the school said it plans to hold a cook-out at Cove Lake State Park just for the students, and they will hold an awards ceremony after the cookout which parents can attend.
Vice Principal Nikki Bumgardner said the school asked the student body how they wanted to end the year. Vice Principal Nikki Bumgardner said the school asked the student body how they wanted to end the year.
By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - A Campbell County mother contacted 6 News and said she is outraged her daughter won’t be able to have an eighth grade graduation.

"I can't believe this,” Patricia Wilson said. “I want a graduation."

Wilson’s daughter Kristy attends Jacksboro Middle School and said she learned last week the school will not be holding a formal graduation ceremony.

"We have an awesome eighth grade at Jacksboro,” Wilson said. “They will be disappointed because they've tried so hard."

Instead, the school said it plans to hold a cook-out at Cove Lake State Park just for the students, and they will hold an awards ceremony after the cookout which parents can attend.

Vice Principal Nikki Bumgardner said the school asked the student body how they wanted to end the year.

“They have expressed they would rather have a fun day with their friends since they are all going to separate high schools. Some are moving away," Bumgardner said.

“It's not fair for the kids to pick," Wilson said.

6 News spoke with one eighth grader who said he would like to take part in a graduation ceremony.

“it's like high school, you can have a graduation there,” Tommy Phillips said. “I worked very hard, math science, geography."

Bumgardner said the school has not received any complaints from parents.

"We're about kids here and that's what we want to do, give them something they're going to remember," Bumgardner said.

Wilson said she’s still hoping the school will reverse its decision.

“Maybe our Campbell County will step up and say, ‘Hey I'll give you a piece of paper. I'll stand there and shake these kids hands. I'll stand there and say you've done a good job,’” Wilson said.

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