Senior Denied Diploma for Blowing Family a kiss at Graduation
June 17, 2009 1:00 AM   Subscribe

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 ... without a diploma.
posted by eiro0701 (22 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: Really weak post to a Yahoo buzz news item. We can do better. Getting flagged to death too. -- vacapinta



 
I'm sufficiently outraged and whatnot, but... that's all?
posted by dunkadunc at 1:11 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


I suspect this is primarily a race/class based thing: don't let the proles take any joy in getting out of the school-factory.

When a relative recently graduated from a 15K/yr private school, no one complained when (some) families whooped or hit chimes for their kids.

School administrators need to unclench, remember that they're being paid with our tax dollars, and show a little more respect for students who make it to graduation.

(That said, I personally find excessive display uncouth, but acknowledge it's inevitabe at graduations.)
posted by orthogonality at 1:13 AM on June 17, 2009


"For teens, there is no greater joy than graduating high school."

WTF? We've got sex, drugs and rock n roll over here!
posted by the_very_hungry_caterpillar at 1:19 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


This is an incredibly weak post, especially considering the fact that it's all over the news. I mean, the link goes to Yahoo! Buzz.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 1:24 AM on June 17, 2009


Oh crap, I didn't read the part where Fox News reported that the mother of the student is "outraged." I guess this is a big deal.
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 1:26 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


I would use this opportunity to recall my own high school graduation and how the behavior of my classmates compared and how silly this whole thing is... but I was tipsy during my graduation so I don't remember much. Not to mention that I'm old and clenched up now, so if I could go back in time -- like they do on Lost or in a Star Trek movie -- and become a school administrator I would probably have to expel myself. But whatever.
posted by miss lynnster at 1:32 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


P.S. -- I'm tipsy now, too.
posted by miss lynnster at 1:33 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Cog, conform!
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:38 AM on June 17, 2009


Ferris would have got away with this.
posted by srboisvert at 1:47 AM on June 17, 2009


One of my best friends wore a lizard mask to his graduation at UMaine, the dean just rolled with it.
posted by dunkadunc at 1:54 AM on June 17, 2009


I would like to register my outrage by typing this sentence on my favourite community weblog.
posted by i_cola at 2:01 AM on June 17, 2009


A friend and I thought it would be a good idea to take mushrooms before our high school graduation. It wasn't.
posted by item at 2:03 AM on June 17, 2009 [2 favorites]


And as usual, the fact that he will be getting his diploma anyway was hidden near the bottom of the original News 8 article (took me way too many clicks to find that one) after plenty of, like, populist outrage, and the same fact seem to have been duly ignored by everyone else.

I will assume that Twitter won't talk about anything else the whole day.
posted by effbot at 2:03 AM on June 17, 2009


Oh, sure, everyone thinks it's okay for them to blow a kiss. But just imagine if everyone did! Some kind of community spirit might break out. Dogs and cats, living together...
posted by No-sword at 2:05 AM on June 17, 2009


Good thing he didn't have any aspirins on him. That would have knocked him back another year.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:06 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


Item: There are about 10 paragraphs missing from the end of your comment. Tell more!
posted by i_cola at 2:19 AM on June 17, 2009


Well, it was a large high school and our graduation took place in an arena where college basketball games are usually played. The story pretty much tells itself.
posted by item at 2:30 AM on June 17, 2009


We can do better than this.
posted by Justinian at 2:52 AM on June 17, 2009


One of my close friends turned 18 before graduation and had his middle name legally changed to "Danger." Motherfuckers wouldn't say it. We shouted it instead.

Also a fact: at my high school, we threw always tortillas along with mortarboards. Nobody's really sure why.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 2:59 AM on June 17, 2009


This is an incredibly weak post, especially considering the fact that it's all over the news. I mean, the link goes to Yahoo! Buzz.

Have some consideration for the poor Europeans who don't get Fox and still need some outrage! RAGH THE INJUSTICE!!
posted by litleozy at 3:03 AM on June 17, 2009


I suspect this is primarily a race/class based thing...

Have you ever been to Maine?

From the local paper: Lukas, who presided over the commencement inside the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, would not discuss specific students or disciplinary action. She said she simply enforced the rules that each student was expected to read and sign beforehand.

I guess this is as good a time as any for the kids to learn about contracts.
posted by SteveInMaine at 3:18 AM on June 17, 2009


Cheering by family members I don't mind. Bowing and blowing kisses is understandable when you're marking the end of a years-long educational process. I don't even begrudge the occasional beachball making its way through the crowd.

What I did mind at my undergrad graduation was the idiots blowing motherfucking air horns forty feet behind me every five minutes. That shit should be punishable by public stocking and flogging.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 3:31 AM on June 17, 2009 [1 favorite]


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