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Aliah Rowe: Girl with Migraine Suspended for Being Under the Influence, Until Publicity Hits

The Texas City school district suspended 12-year-old Aliah Rowe and was planning to send her to an alternative school for being under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Her fighting mom produced evidence that she was absolutely not under such influence and was instead suffering from migraines, but the school district refused to change its decision.

Until it began to get bad publicity.

The Galveston County Daily News notes that TCISD said it had "new information" that led to the reversal, but adds the spokesman who said it "did not know what the new information was" and the district had for days had in hand all the relevant records.

So we guess "new information" means "a newspaper story that pissed off a lot of people."

Rowe had gone to the nurse's office at her school three weeks ago with a headache and upset stomach.

"The school nurse and a sheriff's deputy claimed the student was under the influence of an undefined substance... The accusation was based mostly on the nurse's observations of Rowe and a field sobriety test conducted by the deputy," the Daily News reported.

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Rowe's mother, Cynthia Morgan, took her daughter to the hospital that same day, had urine and blood tests done, and produced a note from the doctor stating the tests were negative and Rowe's symptoms were the results of migraines.

Still, the TCISD wouldn't reverse the decision, and Rowe was scheduled to begin classes at an alternative school Monday.

Her mom had been fighting but getting nowhere, until the Daily News got involved. They published a story, and shortly thereafter the decision was magically reversed.

If you're keeping score at home, that's Galveston County Daily News 1, TCISD 0.

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