Mission Accomplished!

It is always such a delight to read yet another story describing the complete disassociation from reality that is our public school system:

Authorities say seven people attending high school graduations in Rock Hill are facing charges after police say they cheered while students’ names were being called.

A police spokesman says school officials request police patrols to prevent graduation disruptions that include standing, hollering and clapping.

He says those attending the commencements are told their behavior can be prosecuted.

I do believe if I attended a school with such an asinine policy that I would refuse to attend commencement.  Sorry, have a bit of a sore tummy, just mail the diploma, ta!

Sure, graduation is a Big Deal for high school students, but I think attempting to imbue it with the gravitas due a papal election is going just a tad overboard.  And what a way to start kids off on the road to college, with a (presumably) misdemeanor tag on their records!

Well done, school administrators!  You’ve done an admirable job demonstrating to these kids that their future will be chock full of imaginationless bureaucracy and officious busybodies.  Well done, indeed.


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8 Responses to “Mission Accomplished!”

  1. Drumwaster Says:
    June 13th, 2008

    Are you sure that it is just a misdemeanor? These asshats would probably try to claim a hate crime motivation, just to push it to Class ‘E’ felony.

    “Permanent Records” last a lot longer nowadays than they did in our day.

  2. Hazel Stone Says:
    June 13th, 2008

    No, I don’t know for sure, that’s why I said “presumably.” You know how media sources are…desperately short on relevant facts.

    Tar and feathers, man…

  3. Ursula Says:
    June 13th, 2008

    While I think that arresting people is going too far, after my son’s graduation last weekend, where you couldn’t hear the names being announced for all the screaming and carrying on, I agree something needs to be done. Apparently good manners are a lost cause. If it had only been cheering, it would have been one thing, but screaming, jumping up and down, banners waving, confetti thrown and just general disturbance is an entirely different matter.

  4. Hazel Stone Says:
    June 13th, 2008

    @Ursula: Unfortunately, “something needs to be done” translates in the minds of the bureaucrats as “make another law” or “start arresting people.”

    The actual real-live solution? Teach your kids manners. Do not expect the government or police to do it.

  5. the bottle let me down Says:
    June 13th, 2008

    It probably wasn’t the kids making the noise. At the last high school graduation I attended, it was parents and family members who were making so much noise that no one could hear the next few names. It’s a syptom of schools being too big and no one having any class.

  6. Drumwaster Says:
    June 13th, 2008

    Have the speaker suspend things until the noise level lowers tolerably.

    “Ladies and gentlemen, we understand and appreciate your enjoyment, but I ask you to restrain yourselves until we have finished, so as to allow us to get everyone honored as quickly as possible. Let’s set the proper example for our children, shall we?”

    Shame is a powerful, although underused, tool.

  7. Mac the Knife Says:
    June 16th, 2008

    I wonder if anyone could actually pinpoint the moment when the whole Western world went stark-staring bloody mad?

  8. StraightDs Says:
    June 16th, 2008

    Man, people were yelling and screaming at my wife’s graduation when she recieved her Master’s Degree. It was part of the fun. What ever happened to being able to celebrate one of the pivotal achievements in one’s life?

    I agree it can get out of hand – and not to mention embarrassing for the poor lad who comes up next to utter silence – but c’mon do the Police really need to be involved?


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