The Principal of the school said he had considered everything and because the young man was only involved in extracurricular basketball, he would not be permitted to wear the letter jacket. He decided to stick with official school policy.
Here’s what he said:
Teachers told the parents they would prefer he not wear the letter on his jacket. We have considered it, and our decision was no. We decided that it is not appropriate in our situation because it is not a varsity level competition.
It seems silly to me that anyone would care if a kid with Downs’ Syndrome wore a letter jacket. If it helps that kid feel like a little less of an outsider, what’s the harm? So you give those letters out as awards to other students. So what?
Do you think those kids are incapable of understanding why that child who can’t participate in “official” sports would want, and deserve, a letter as well?
I just think it’s a shame that policy trumped compassion. Whoever complained about this situation should have their hands smacked with a ruler.