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A Very Costly Kiss: Senior Denied Diploma *Poll*

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I'm not sure if this has been posted yet today, but I thought this was interesting. I'm not sure what the whole story is, but I can't imagine that what this young man did was unruly behavior (or whatever the rules were). Do you think the punishment fit the "crime?"

 

A Very Costly Kiss: Senior Denied Diploma

by Mike Krumboltz

For teens, there is no greater joy than graduating high school. Shaking off the shackles of education and claiming that hard-fought diploma is truly an epic day. Unfortunately, for several students at Bonny Eagle High School in Maine, their natural exuberance has led to some surprisingly serious problems.

On Friday night, when the senior class was waiting to graduate, excitement began to grow. Students bounced a large inflatable rubber duck. The noise level rose. And then came "the kiss." When called, one student walked on stage to receive his diploma and blew a kiss to his family. The school administrator, clearly not the sentimental sort, sent the student back to his seat ... sans diploma.

The seemingly harsh punishment has sent the Web all aflutter. Searches on "student denied diploma" and "bonny eagle high school" are both through the roof. Additionally, blogs and news papers are chiming in with opinions on whether or not the administration overreacted. The student's mother has given interviews and is quite upset at her son's treatment. According to an article from Fox News the outraged mother said, "A bow, a kiss to your mom is not misbehavior."

But the administrators feel they were just enforcing the rules that students agreed to. At a meeting following the debacle, school superintendent Suzanne Lukas said that "if a student doesn't adhere to the expectations, then the consequences are clearly spelled out."

This isn't the first time that rambunctious (dare we say "fun"?) behavior affected a graduation ceremony at Bonny Eagle. "Four years ago we had some issues with silly string and beach balls," said Lukas.

by on Jun. 16, 2009 at 11:02 PM
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PamR
by Pam on Jun. 17, 2009 at 6:10 PM
When my daughter graduated a couple of years ago, the "rules" for graduation were ridiculous. I understand the need, especially with large classes that make it necessary to keep things moving, but our kids were told that they couldn't wave, couldn't have anyone cheer for them, nothing. . . if they did, they wouldn't receive their diploma. To my knowledge, no one had theirs withheld (but there was some cheering going on -- of course!!!! Your kid is graduating!!!). God forbid it should be anything but a solemn, boring ceremony.
ellieemc2
by on Jun. 17, 2009 at 10:24 PM

Looks like somebody is over-stepping their power

acrogodess
by Silver Member on Jun. 17, 2009 at 10:59 PM

If my kid wants to blow a kiss at me or I wanna cheer for my kid, that damned well better be allowed at my kid's graduation. They (my kids OR the teachers) did not get my kid that far along in their education by themselves. PLUS, graduation is not FREE. I am paying money for senior dues to see my kid graduate. If they met the education requirements necessary to graduate, they damned well better get that diploma on stage!!

gilbertgrl627
by Bronze Member on Jun. 18, 2009 at 12:22 AM

LOL, exactly! I do remember my school telling us (and even the parents) to hold their applause until everyone had received their diplomas, and then we could all cheer. When the class is pretty big, everyone wants to get through it as quickly as possible. But they never held anyone's diploma b/c someone cheered. That's just silly. Of course, when I graduated, they didn't give us the real diploma on stage. It was in the back waiting for us when we exited.

Quoting acrogodess:

If my kid wants to blow a kiss at me or I wanna cheer for my kid, that damned well better be allowed at my kid's graduation. They (my kids OR the teachers) did not get my kid that far along in their education by themselves. PLUS, graduation is not FREE. I am paying money for senior dues to see my kid graduate. If they met the education requirements necessary to graduate, they damned well better get that diploma on stage!!


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