May 2, 2014 9:10 am

PEI politicians demand answers after B.C. teen with autism, epilepsy denied exchange

VANCOUVER – Politicians in Prince Edward Island are now getting involved in the case of a teenager from Mission who wants to go on a student exchange trip there.

Fifteen-year-old Brooklyn Mavis was excited about the idea of heading to PEI later this month. She and her mother were shocked to at first be told that she wasn’t a good fit for the program because of her epilepsy and autism.

Then she was told she could go, but only if she stayed in a hotel, away from the other students.

The situation has caused an uproar on social media and politicians in PEI are now demanding answers about what happened.

“We have had support from people we do not even know from PEI,” said student Brooklyn Mavis. “It’s strange, we didn’t think it would get this big and we really didn’t think that people in PEI would be so supportive of us.”

PEI MLA for Stratford-Kinlock, James Aylward, said Brooklyn needs to come to PEI. “[She] needs to see what PEI is all about and needs to experience the hospitality that we have to offer here on PEI,” he said.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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