Students and Family Members Beg School Board for Help Over Special Needs Student’s Future


It’s a story that has an entire student body standing up for one of their own, and a local family pleading to the School Board for help.

On Tuesday night 7News anchor Nate Fluharty was at the Wetzel County Board of Education meeting, at stake was the future of a young man’s education.

17-year-old Roy Stevens, who was diagnosed with down syndrome, has been told by the Wetzel County Board of Education that he must attend Magnolia High School instead of Hundred High School. 

Once the meeting started, Roy’s family members and friends addressed the board asking if there was anything they could do to keep Roy close to the place he knows as home.

“It’s so hard not only on Roy, but for my parents. The drive alone is an hour, while the drive to Hundred is a few minutes. You have to consider what’s best for Roy and going to Magnolia is not it,” said Roy’s older brother Jonathan Stevens. 

Roy is heading into his junior year, but is quickly running out of truancy days due to the recent request to keep him at Hundred. 

On Thursday, his truancy days will expire and a magistrate judge will be brought in to decide what should happen to Roy’s parents.

“I’m trying to do what’s best for my son, but I’m not going to let my wife or myself go to jail over this. We’ll have to take Roy out of school,” said Roy’s father Earl Stevens.

The Wetzel County School Board has only responded by citing West Virginia State Law pertaining to student information and the Student’s Rights Code.

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