Edmonton – It’s not unusual for a student to miss class to take a walk or take a drive home, but one young person was left behind when her parents drove her home from class.
The 18-year-old student, who is from the same class as the student who lost her job, has been told she will have to drop out of high school to pursue a degree in digital media.
“I was just kind of like, what is going on?” said the student.
“I had just lost my job and was just so devastated.
I don’t even know how to explain what I felt.
I was like, I don, I can’t, I have no money, I’m not going to do this.”
The student, from the Calgary East Secondary School District, said the incident started in the late fall of last year.
“That’s when I started to notice a trend, where I was seeing less students coming to school, and I was also seeing less parents coming to the school, so it’s definitely something that’s just been happening,” she said.
It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve lost so many of our friends, we’re just not going back to school.'”‘”
It was very scary.
It’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve lost so many of our friends, we’re just not going back to school.'”‘
I had no clue how much it hurt to lose my job’The student said she’s been on social media since the event.
“So when people told me I lost my position, I thought, ‘I have no idea how much this has hurt,'” she said, adding that it was a big, heavy blow to her and her family.
The student’s parents said they had to find another job, and they have to make their own money.
“We’re looking for a full-time job, we have to pay our rent, we pay for our child care, and it’s been a struggle, to put everything together,” she added.
“It’s really tough, and that’s why I feel like I need to take this step now.
I need a job.
I’m so sorry.
I just, it’s not fair.”‘
I can’t explain why I’m in this situation’The 18,000-student district has also been in the news for not having enough funding to keep up with student enrolments.
In response to the student’s story, the district says it’s taking a number of measures to increase funding.
“Our funding has been stagnant, but we’re trying to make changes to the way we pay staff so that we’re going to have a sustainable future for the district,” district spokesperson Heather O’Brien said.
“Our staff are trained and have a strong working relationship with their local schools and community.”
The district also said it will offer more financial assistance to students who want to take on extra roles.
“The district will be looking at other ways that we can increase the number of students who can access support, including providing students with a stipend,” O’Brien said.
“We understand that many of these students may not have any other options.”