LET FISH WALK.
(CNN) - ‘Let fish walk’, it’s a phrase that’s taking over the small town of Carrollton, from car windows to local businesses.
A grassroots effort for 17-year-old Carrollton High School senior, Austin Fisher, who’s made it clear that his role as ‘student’ comes second to his role as ‘son.’
You see, Austin’s mom, Teresa, has been battling breast cancer for six years. Last year doctors told her it was stage four, terminal.
Through months of chemo and radiation, she leaned on Austin, but being his mom’s lifeline meant sacrificing school.
Austin, a varsity baseball player who worked two jobs when his mom couldn’t, racked up 16 unexcused absences.
Two more than the school’s policy will allow for a student to attend prom or walk at graduation.
The news was devastating. But from the devastation, has grown a movement.
Friends and fellow students started a ‘Let Fish Walk’ facebook page, and are even circulating a petition to the board of education on change.org. They already have nearly 1,500 signatures.
Teresa’s cancer is now in remission, but she knows it will come back.
And so she now fights a new battle.
The school board says the attendance issue is a school policy, but it will likely be discussed at next week’s board meeting.
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