Ky’le Harris’ family is heartbroken and devastated after the school district refuses to give them a posthumous diploma for her graduation.
According to WBSTV, the young girl was killed in a sudden crash on January 8 in South Fulton County, Georgia, when she crashed her car and died during a rainstorm just a few months before graduation.
Before the graduation ceremony, administrators at Banneker High School honored the student at an event and gave her family a trophy to recognize her achievements.
However, now, the school refuses to give the family her diploma, and they removed her name from the graduation program.
“That’s all she talked about was graduating. ‘I’m about to graduate!’ She was so happy,” said Crystal Harris, Ky’le’s mother.
The deceased teen’s mom also said her daughter was also excited about heading to Georgia State University in the fall.
Her grandmother, Pat Gregory, told the outlet that she is still having a hard time coping with the grief of losing her granddaughter.
“I cry every day. I just miss her so much. She was my right hand. She did everything for me,” Gregory said
When the family attempted to retrieve Ky’le’s diploma from the school, administrators had nothing for them, not even so much as her name in the graduation program.
“The diploma was a keepsake for us to have in memory of our baby gone. Because she left way too soon for me,” Gregory said.
“I’m never going to get to see her walk down the aisle, have her own family, have a career, have babies, you know, nothing. So to take her diploma, the last thing I can get that she worked for and achieved – and I can’t get that,” Harris said.
The district told the outlet that their reason for not giving the family Ky’le’s diploma is because they do not provide diplomas for students who have died.
The family believes Banneker High School needs to change its policy.