Grant Case Sparks National Debate

Juvenile Justice, Admit Processes Questioned

But Myers disagreed. "There was emotionalabuse, but was that what it was [that made Grantkill her mother] or whether the mother said 'Youcan't see your boyfriend'?" he asked.

Morgan, a psychiatry professor at theUniversity of South Carolina Medical School, saidGrant "was the product of a very sad and abusivefamily" and had been through "a lot of badsituations that no teen-ager should have to dealwith."

A Look Ahead

Despite her troubled past, Grant continues tolook to the future.

Burnham said her client has applied to otherschools and is awaiting their decisions, butrefused to cite which schools.


At least one school has indicated it wouldaccept Grant.

"If she were to apply for admission to BostonUniversity then she would certainly be a seriouscandidate for admission," said Kevin Carleton, theuniversity's director of media relations.

"Any association with the court should notautomatically exclude a potential candidate,"Carleton said. "Even a crime as horrible asparricide should never prohibit a person frommaking a positive change in their life," he added.

Ironically, Grant's past and Harvard'srescinding of her admission might not have come tolight were it not for a complimentary piecefeaturing her life in last Sunday's Boston GlobeMagazine.

The article, "Beating the Odds," focused onGrant and a classmate who had persevered throughdifficult circumstances.

In the article, Grant said she would not allowa difficult past to ruin her future.

"It's true that you can acknowledge that badthings happen and that things are awful," she saidthen. "But to feel I'm a victim, that's just notgood."

Sarah E. Scrogin and Andrew L. Wrightcontributed to the reporting of this story.AP File PhotoGINA GRANT is escorted into a police carafter her hearing on Nov. 3, 1990 at the LexingtonCounty (S.C.) court house.

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