Mistake could force student to change schools

MEHLVILLE, Mo. (KSDK) – An apparent clerical mistake at a St. Louis County school could force a young woman to change schools and start over in the middle of her high school career.

Ajah Brown likes her school.

"If a person asks me what school I go to, I would proudly say Mehlville High School, because I love Mehlville," she said.

But the family is worried a mix-up at the main office may force sophomore Ajah out of the school, separating her from her lifelong friends, teammates and her graduating class.

"My friends, they were cheering me on from beginning to the end," she said.

Last November, her family survived a house fire. And when her family found their current home, just two blocks away, her top priority was to stay in the Mehlville district.

So, mother Shasha Gray called her fourth grader's elementary school and the high school to verify she was still inside the boundary.

But when it came time to sign up for a bus route, they told her the address was not actually in Mehlville.

"Is moving a possibility?" Gray asked. "No, I'm buying my home. It's not as easy to just pick up and leave."

Gray says school officials told her there's nothing they can do, and they're bound by state rules. But, Superintendent Eric Knost says he's working to find a solution.

"My heart does go out to the family in this situation," he said.

"It's just a simple mistake," Gray said," and I'm just asking that they honor that and allow my daughter to graduate."

NewsChannel 5 heard from Mehlville late Monday night, and the superintendent says he had a "very productive" conversation with the family, and they may find a way for Ajah to finish out high school at Mehlville, but they'll have to have the board sign off first.


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