A high school in North Carolina supposedly denied a departed student of the school a fitting tribute at the year’s graduation ceremony. The student family and classmates expected at least an honorable mention of her during the ceremony. But the High School, William G. Enloe Magnet, deemed it inappropriate against all wishes to pay her homage. They totally ignored the late student who lost her life in 2016, preventing the family from having the memorial they planned. It is a usual practice for schools to at least mention the names of departed students at events to honor their memories, especially at the request of the student’s family and that of fellow students.
The girl, Rachel Rosoff was 17 years old at the time of her death in September 2016. She was a lifeguard that got electrocuted at a swimming pool she was serving at. For a girl that has dedicated her life to saving people as a lifeguard, her death is both tragic and a sad irony. Her shocking death shook her local community and triggered long horrid months for her family. The least any institution governed by rational thinking individuals could do for such a family is honor the good memories the girl had during her time on earth. A gesture like this, no matter the occasion would have gone a long way in soothing the heartache of her loved ones. As a result, the family asked the school to honor her at the graduation but they rejected because they thought it would be an absolute mood-killer for the vibes at the event.
The deceased girl’s mom, Michelle Schwartz Rosoff got a letter from the school principal, Will Chavis giving an explanation on why the school would not accede to their request.
An excerpt from the letter reads:
“I have consulted the leaders at our district office concerning your application. The stance of the leaders did not change, as they maintained that they would refrain from any memorials at the school’s graduation. This is because we see graduation as a celebration of student’s accomplishments, we would like to maintain the happy and vibrant feel at such an event. A remembrance of a lost loved one might cause the student to behave in ways only trained professionals could handle; we cannot guarantee that at such event. As a result, we are not going to have the memorial at the school’s graduation ceremony.”
Since the decision was perceived as evil by people, the Mom’s sister, Jordana started a petition against the school at change.org to get them to change their position.
She explained, “This is very wrong and cruel.”
“All I want is my sister recognized and honored for who she was, a funny, caring, carefree and beautiful person. She led her short life in an exceptional manner we could all benefit from. They are trying to act as if she never existed, which hurts me, her friends and our family.”
A lot of other students were infuriated that the High School refused to honor their deceased fellow who would have been with them on the stage.
Notwithstanding the efforts Jordana inputted, she failed to convince the school to honor her sister. Rachel Rosoff will not be honored at the graduation ceremony.
The family is following up on their daughter’s death by suing two companies they believe are responsible for her death from electrocution.
Their attorney, Kirby claims, “The companies knew of the dangerous conditions at the pool and left them uncorrected.
“She died a horrible death, paralyzed by electrocution and died by drowning.”
She was electrocuted by wires buried in the ground for more than 40 years, without a change since then or an upgrade. Such wiring at the pool center must have degraded over time, exposing swimmers to the dangers of coming into contact with it. The sustained shock she must have been subjected that led to her eventual death meant she stood no chance at surviving, especially because she was inside the water. The negligence on the part of the companies put the lives of everyone there at risk because the water could easily have been exposed to the current from the wires, effectively electrocuting everyone in contact with the water. It has been a major problem with the construction of new facilities on old ones in the country. Many of these new owners consider the cost of extensive excavation of the site as unbearable, and ultimately lay new grids of wiring over the existing one because it is a lot more cost friendly.
The dangers resulting from such careless abandon from big corporations is underlined for all to see by the death of Rachel Rosoff, a bright light in her world extinguished.
She was a dreamer that will never actualize them. The unfortunate incident denied the world of her dream comedy write-ups and her theatre performance.