The Last Thing She Wanted

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Michai Freeman sued John F. Kennedy University, a Pleasant Hill, California school where she earned a master’s degree recently, because one of the campus gardens wasn’t handicap accessible.

Freeman, who is confined to a wheelchair, wanted the university to make garden accessible so that she and other handicapped students could use it for classes in holistic health.

JFK had another solution. According to an article by Matt Krupnick in the San Jose Mercury News:

John F. Kennedy University this week removed a garden that had been at issue in a disabled-access lawsuit, stunning students and instructors who had raised thousands of dollars to fix the problem.

The garden at the Pleasant Hill campus was eradicated without warning Tuesday, about two months after the school settled the federal lawsuit brought by… Freeman.

The school attempted to raise money to alter the garden. Freeman even donated to the cause. But on Monday this week the city of Pleasant Hill refused the university’s request that the city provide $10,000 to help construct a path.

On Tuesday the university brought in tractors to clear the plants out of the garden and convert the land, adjacent to a parking lot, into an empty patch of dirt. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer