Students with special needs' names left out of Wisconsin high school graduation program

STOUGHTON -- Stoughton High School has been accused of leaving out the names of several special needs students during their graduation ceremony. 

Beth Putney told our partners at WISC-TV that her daughter Sheridan was one of the students left out of the ceremony. 

“She would come home with her senior checklist and put it on the counter and show me all the things she needed to complete and one by one she would get it done,” Putney said.

The high school then explained that it was not a misprint, and stated that the names weren't printed out of concern that it could disqualify them from the 18-21-year-old program. Students can stay in the program until 21 as long as they don't technically receive their diploma, they told WISC-TV.

The district spoke to the Department of Public Instruction about the rule and they learned that listing the names does not impact eligibility. Stoughton High School will change their practice going forward and reprint the 2018 graduation program. 

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