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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 27, 1986 - Page 5
Dyslexic student sues
high school educators

BOSTON (AP)-Karen Morse
was voted president of her senior
class and student council and was
elected to the National Honor
Society. She captained the girls'
soccer team and won letters in two
other sports. But for nine years
neither her teachers nor her friends
knew she couldn't read.
Now the young woman voted
the student with the "most school
spirit" is suing her high school in
Henniker, N.H., to cover bills at a
special school where she caught up
on learning.
KAREN SAYS she was
labeled "learning disabled " in the
ninth grade. But not until the end
of her junior year in 1983 was she
diagnosed as dyslexic, meaning that
her brain jumbled the order of words
and letters. "Was" becomes "saw"
to Karen, whose intelligence is
unaffected by dyslexia.
She got as far as the ninth grade
only by cheating, she said without
apology during a visit to Boston
from her home in suburban
"I did a lot of taking other kids'
papers, erasing their names. Just
cheating mostly. I really didn't
think about it. It was a question of
Beef, Chicken or
Bean Burito,
with Mexican rice
and refried beans

survival," said Karen, now a 20-
year-old college freshman.
AFTER SCHOOL authorities
discovered her reading problem, she
complains, they did little more than
assure her she wasn't stupid. Her
reading was still extremely poor,
but she made it into the National
Honor Society in her senior year
because her dyslexia was taken into
account, along with all of her social
acitivites. A special tutor was called
in to teach her six days a week.
Karen agreed not to accept her
diploma or formally graduate so
Henniker High School would pay

her tuition at the Landmark Schoori
of Beverly, which specializes in:
helping dyslexics.
After a year at Landmark, the
special school recommended she
spend another year there to prepare
for college. However, Henniker's
school district, under a new super-
intendent, refused to pay for it and;
mailed Karen her diploma last:
Her family is suing the school
for the $17,000 they paid in
Landmark tuition during the second-
year, which she completed this

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Neil Ken, a Natural Resources
'freshman vho has been a Met fan
"all my lb," and was brought up
in a "Mc family," responded "I
don't seeiow you can't be a little,
cocky. T Mets play in the media
'capital o the world, where every
little thig you do is under a
But bthstein described Mets
fans as Jbnoxious, self-centered,
egotistic, loud, inconsiderate New
Yorkersiho were Yankee fans, but
the Yarees were losing, so now
they're it the Mets."
Rothstw's statement "one of the
'most accurate and grossest
overgeralizations I've ever heard."
He sai Rothstein was "obviously
lookin for a scapegoat to vent his
dislikior New York."
La night's rainout produced
mixef reactions among student
fans. SA sophomore and Met fan
Jeff bth cursed when informed of
the pstponement, saying, "I was
lookig forward to the game
tonht after last night (Saturday,
the ;ght of Game Six).
'm disappointed about the
raiout," added Koren. "I was

looking forward to seeing the Mets
win it tonight (Sunday), and I have
a lot of work to do tomorrow
Samnick, however, said he
was not disappointed with Game
Seven's postponement because "It's
such a big distraction, and I have a
lot of work to do for (today)."
The Red Sox have not won a
World Series since 1918, despite
near-misses in 1967 and 1975 to

the St. Louis Cardinals and
Cincinnati Reds. The Mets, since
their first season in 1962, won the
World Series in 1969 but lost to
the Oakland A's in 1972.
The Red Sox took an early 2-0
series lead, but the Mets swept the
following two games. Boston won
Game Five, but the Mets came
back in Game Six, capitalizing
with two outs in the bottom of the
tenth to win.


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