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Iowa District Won't Provide Diploma for Dead Teen

Iowa District Won't Provide Diploma for Dead Teen

CREATED May 1, 2013
MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa school district won't provide a diploma for a high school student who'd struggled all his life with muscular dystrophy.
 
The family of Travis Krapfl had asked district officials to help them honor his hard work. Travis was 17 when he died at the beginning of his senior year.
His father, Chris Krapfl, says doctors had predicted that Travis would live only until he was 8 or so. Chris Krapfl says the diploma was "going to be that last achieving moment" for his son.
District officials met with the family but decided not to provide the diploma. District superintendent Kristen Rickey says bending the state rules for one student raises ethical problems for when other students seek exceptions.
 
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