A Tennessee father says when he tried to enroll his 18-year-old daughter for her senior year of high school, he was told she's too old.
Amber Word just moved to Lawrence County, which is southwest of Nashville, and turned 18 in May. She was held back in elementary school, but has good grades and is expected to graduate on time.
Word's dad says the counselor at Lawrence County High told him his daughter has to attend the county's adult education program.
He says that's unfair, and Word says she's being cheated out of her senior year.
"I was looking forward to my senior trip. I've already started planning my senior pictures. I already have my class ring," said Word.
The Director of Lawrence County Schools says transferring 18-year-old's should be considered for enrollment on a case-to-case basis, and those denied have a right to appeal.
According to the Tennessee Board of Education's website, decisions to deny enrollment or withdraw teenage students can never be made solely on the student's age.
A local school board may have a policy that all 18-year-old students attend an adult high school. If that's the case, the policy must be applied to all 18-year-old students.