PENDER COUNTY -- The beginning of the school year is just around the corner one Pender County child may not get the chance to go. Four-year-old Abbey Flewwellin qualifies to go to pre-K this year in Pender County, but limited enrollment has landed her on a waiting list. Her family says not only are they disappointed, but they feel Abbey is being denied an education. Many kids dread the end of summer, and the start of a new school year. But not four-year-old Abbey Flewwellin. Her mom Jamiaca Styles says she hasn't been able to break news to her daughter that she won't be attending Pender County pre-K at North Topsail. Styles said, "She really wants to go to school because she likes to learn. Many kids don't even like to learn anymore, why can't she go to school?" Abbey is on a waiting list. Styles registered Abbey back in November. Not until the end of June did styles get a letter saying there was no room for Abbey. "I'm mad, obviously, because I really want my daughter to be able to get in a routine." Styles and Abbey's grandmother Donna Simmons have contacted Pender County schools and even the governors office, wondering why and how the decision was made. Simmons says she was told by the school a point system was one determining factor. It's part of the state-run More at Four program. The program requires a questionnaire asking a number of questions about family income. Abbey's family feels spots go to under developed children from broken homes -- that's not the case with Abbey's family. They feel discriminated against. Simmons said, "If you work with your child with the numbers and the colors and they know too much, well that hurts them too, so it's best not to teach them anything." Styles says she used to work at night to be with Abbey during the day. Now unemployed, Styles says finding a job is going to be difficult now that abbey may not be going to school this year. "I was planning on her going to school and then I can get a day job and then we would have the normal family life just like everybody else, but we can't have that now." Pender County schools say there is a likely possibility that a spot will open up on the wait list and abbey will get the chance to go to school. They say she does qualify, and the only reason why she's been put on a list is because there are only 32 openings serving their side of the county.
- Video Central
- About WWAY