Californian wants to give back diploma, do over

Sep 12, 2014 2:57 PM by News Staff

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California high school graduate has filed a federal lawsuit asking that her diploma be invalidated so she can redo part of her senior year.

Crystal Morales was a senior in 2011 when she was struck by a drunken driver and suffered a traumatic brain injury. She returned to Newport Harbor High School about three months later.

School district officials say in court papers that Crystal's mother wanted her to be in the classroom with her friends rather than be on disability and have one-on-one tutoring. Crystal's suit claims that's when the district did things like turn the D she had in math before the wreck into an A-plus afterward.

Her mother told the Los Angeles Times that she didn't understand how much education her daughter would miss.


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