I try not to interfere with how Principal Henri-Levy runs her school but I did overrule her decision as to excusing D. from the annual “field day”, where students run races, play games, climb ropes, tug of war, etc. There is no reason why D. can’t participate. It is true that the gravel track would be hard on bare feet but D.’s are so tough by now that she will do well against the other girls in their sneakers. It was clear that Mme. Henri-Levy’s actual concern was having a naked girl competing among her uniformed classmates with all the parents watching but this is the kind of thing they will simply have to get used to.
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