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Winona high school student barred from Homecoming Weekend for health concerns

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -

Winona Senior High School had their homecoming game and dance last week but Haven Dulek wasn't there for either event.

As part of the color guard, she normally goes to events like this.

"Haven's been going to flag practice, she's been going to football games, soccer games, participating as much as she can," Brian Dulek, her father, said.

Dulek says that they found out at the last minute she wasn't allowed to attend.

Haven was diagnosed with POTS causing her to faint.

"What she has to do with this diagnosis is live a normal life, she has to be as normal as possible," Dulek said. "Taking her stuff out of normalcy is gonna bring these fainting spells on."

Winona Public Schools Superintendent Stephen West said that they made the call for her safety.

Given that she could faint at any time, having her attend a stressful event like a homecoming game or dance would be undue risk.

"Okay so if someone's got epilepsy or cerebral palsy do you not allow them to go to these dances and he says 'Um some, no. If they cant do it on their own, no'." Dulek said after asking WSHS Principal Mark Anderson.

The superintendent said that he knows Haven is a good student and they'll be in contact with doctors to find out when she'll be able to come back to school.

Until then she'll be missing out

"High school is made for memories, these memories you remember for the rest of your life," Dulek said. "She wont have this memory of a homecoming her sophomore year."

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