DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — One mom is fighting to get her late daughter a high school diploma.
D’Nija Parker would have graduated from Danville High school this month, but she died in a car accident in 2016. The school has honored Parker in many ways, but officials say they won’t give her a diploma.
School officials issued this statement: “While our hearts go out to D’Nija Parker’s family for their tragic loss of D’Nija at the beginning of her junior year in 2016, it is not the current practice of the Board of Education to award diplomas (both regular and honorary) to students who have not completed their high school careers. The only exception for this practice is for military veterans who had their high school career interrupted when they were called to serve their country. Danville High School has honored D’Nija’s memory in several ways by retiring her basketball jersey and honoring her at Senior Night last year, creating a physical memorial of her in the hallway of DHS, and honoring her by naming a road sign near the school. We continue to keep her family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Parker was a junior when she died. Her mom Tiffani Sanders says her daughter was a good student who loved basketball.
Sanders says the school has been great at honoring her daughter this year, but she still wants the diploma. She says it was important to Parker.