Northville school says #LetTimPlay was a misunderstanding

Updated: 01/16/2014 8:58 PM
Created: 01/16/2014 9:01 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

NORTHVILLE - The Northville school superintendent says a student athlete fighting cancer will be able to play on the high school basketball team.

On Wednesday night Tim Monette’s mother told NewsChannel 13 that she was informed by the school principal that Tim couldn’t play on the team anymore because he was being tutored from home and wasn’t physically in the school.

However, Superintendent Debra Lynker says that’s not the case and the response from social media was unfortunate, as misinformation circulated before a situation could be resolved.

Students protested the supposed decision with a sit-in at the school on Thursday morning and the hashtag #LetTimPlay was trending on Twitter.

Lynker says the principal told Tim and his parents she would have to look into the attendance policy to make sure he was eligible to play. She says Principal Mariah Kramer never gave them a definitive decision.

The school district’s attorney confirmed that Monette’s home tutoring meets the attendance requirements and he is eligible to play as long as he has a doctor’s clearance.

"There was no misunderstanding," Tim replied on Twitter. "They told me I couldn't play because it was policy."

He added the hashtag #NiceTry.

Students supporting Tim Monette who thought he wouldn't be allowed to play staged a sit-in at the school on Thursday morning.
Photo: Northville student @Mitchy7165

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