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Jayvonna Kincannon will Graduate with McKinley Class

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Schools Superintendent James Williams says Jayvonna Kincannon will be allowed to participate in the McKinley High School graduation.

Williams is also vowing to help Kincannon even as she moves on from the City school district.

Kincannon has been at the center of controversy at McKinley High School for the last few months. She was the focus of an investigation for a seven-week suspension back in December for using a cell phone. But she was recently suspended for allegedly hitting a teacher at a basketball fundraiser. She has been home schooled since. Williams says she will be allowed to graduate with her class on June 26th.

A published report Thursday claimed the School District was trying to cut a deal with Kincannon to prevent the family from filing a lawsuit against the District. Williams claims the story was not true. Kincannon's attorney says there were attempts to come to some understanding, but no agreement was reached. Cheryl Smith Fisher says she received a letter Monday from the District stating that Kincannon would be allowed to participate at the graduation.

Fisher says a claim was filed a few months ago following the first suspension, but nothing else has been done at this point about a lawsuit. Williams says a lawsuit is the family's choice and is not his concern.

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