Girl must repeat 5th grade following mistake

September 6, 2010 2:48:23 PM PDT
An 11-year-old girl will have to repeat the 5th grade after the school had mistakenly told her she had passed.

"They said I passed," said Christina LaForge, a student.

Christina admits twice she has not passed a minimum standards test.

The one in the spring she missed by 10 points, and the one in August she missed by 7 points after she attended summer school.

Everyday at summer school Christina was thinking that she was going to be able to move on to the next grade and be with her friends.

In fact, she received an official letter signed by the principal.

"It says congratulations, move on to the next grade," said Elisa LaForge, Christina's mother.

The letter came August 16th and then 10 days later they received a heartbreaking phone call saying Christina would need to repeat the fifth grade at PS 162.

The Department of Education told Eyewitness News that any dispute with a student needs to be addressed by the parents with the principal.

But, that was the principal's signature on the letter.

"I'm most worried about her! She's 11-years-old," Frank LaForge, Christina's father said.

"This is not a girl taking this lightly," Elisa said.

Christina says this has been emotional whiplash, she's not eating and she's having nightmares.

"I feel disappointed and sad," Christina said.