FANNIN COUNTY, TX - Friends and family of a Fannin County teen who died in February, after her boyfriend allegedly hit her with a truck, voiced their outrage Thursday, saying her school wouldn't honor her at graduation. Thursday night, school administrators said they will recognize Mandie Fuller at the June ceremony.
"This is a big day for her, whether she's here or not."
Mandie Fuller would have been 18 in April. And Megan Greer says her best friend would have graduated this June had she not been killed on February 16th.
Greer is one of two people who witnessed everything that happened on F.M. 1396 the night Mandie Fuller died after authorities say she was struck by a vehicle.
"I'm not going to be the same for a long time. That's my best friend and she's gone. Seeing something like that, you know it's like a nightmare," said Greer.
The other witness, Mandie's then-boyfriend, Dillon Mosely, was allegedly driving the truck that hit Mandie.
The Fannin County Sheriff's Office says they've filed charges against Mosley with the District Attorney's office, but didn't specify what those charges are. News 12 previously reported he was out on bond, facing charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
"I wake up, thinking that I just had a nightmare, and then reality sets in that I'm not gonna see my best friend today," said Greer.
Mandie's friends and family tell News 12 the Sam Rayburn High School student had purchased her cap and gown for graduation, and had taken senior photos.
They say they asked the school district to read her name during the graduation ceremony and leave an open seat for her where they could put flowers.
"There's no sense in not calling her name out and having a spot and recognizing her," said friend Amber Medcalf.
"There's not very many of them, so there's no reason why they shouldn't be able to," said another friend, Caitlin Steele.
But they say the district refused that request.
"They said because she passed away before she took the STAAR test, they consider her now as a junior," said Greer.
Superintendent Jeff Irvin released this statement:
"Mandie was a junior who came from a nearby school district to Sam Rayburn High School seeking help to graduate early. She was on track to become a senior at mid-term. This year's FFA banquet was dedicated to Mandie, and she will also be remembered in the school yearbook and with a moment of silence at graduation. Mandie is deeply missed by her classmates, teachers, staff, and administration at Sam Rayburn High School."
Greer says she's going to what would have been Mandie's graduation, regardless of how the district honors Mandie.
"Regardless of if they do something for her or not, I'm going to be in those stands. I promised her, and I'm not going to break that promise."