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A Very Costly Kiss: Senior Denied Diploma

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posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 01:29 PM
God. If I were that kid, I would have gone berserk on the principal.

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 01:30 PM
reply to post by fraterormus

What a great story. Another case of nitpicking vs. common sense.
I admire how you handled it ! And I too hope this student can look back
on all of this sometime in the future and say : "Ha-ha-ha. Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha".

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 05:23 PM

Originally posted by TravelerintheDark
The good news is he doesn't need it. He still graduated, passed the general education standard, and no one is likely ever to ask to see his diploma as proof. At least I've never been asked for mine since there are transcripts for that sort of thing. I don't even have mine anymore. It's completely valueless.

Yet things like this, worthless pieces of paper, are lorded over us as having some meaning. Where the real value should be in the mind, where education takes place.

I'd love for this young man to make a public statement wherein he tells the school administrators to use that piece of paper for the only thing paper is good for other than writing. Because he's earned that right, with or without their approval.

I get asked sometimes for jobs to see my diploma. Unfortunately for me, my ex-husband took mine and was never made to give it back. Had I not a college degree to show in place of a diploma, I would not have made it to the next interview. Of course, at the next interview I was turned down for being "overqualified" because they did not want someone with a college education apparently.

I think the young man loves his mom. I think that's wonderful and rare these days.

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 11:09 PM
ahh thats horrible. at a high school graduation ceremony of my brothers, this one guy flipped off the camera and everyone there.
and he still got his diploma, everyone kind of laughed and the show went on.

(perhaps he was never getting a diploma at all, lots of high school students attend graduation ceremonies without receiving their actual high school diploma)

posted on Jun, 17 2009 @ 11:34 PM
Ok, so you want to deny my diploma for blowing a kiss? How's the crack of my kiester look on film? How do you like that Mr. Principle?

Pure insanity. This is the way it seems to be going in some situations. You can't express anything hardly unless some fun-less nasty individual gets to have his way, and say "you can't do that."

I mean pornography can litter the landscape of the internet, but I can't blow a kiss to momma?


posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 02:05 AM
Are you kidding me?! This is ridiculous! Who the hell do they think they are?

This school's gonna get a lot of flak for this if they haven't already!

[edit on 18-6-2009 by theneoilluminati]

posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 04:38 AM

Originally posted by Dr Love
Well, if I was his father I probably would have walked up on stage and taken the diploma denied my son or daughter for doing nothing wrong. Then I probably would've tazed about five times and arrested.

Your kids are not your's, they're the system's.


Star for you friend. I was thinking something very similar when I first read this story. If I had been the youth in question, I would have asked for my diploma, or, took it from the person by force, whereas, he would have wound up in the hospital, and I, in jail.


posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 07:59 AM

Originally posted by AshleyD
reply to post by DazE777

It's actually most likely true. A lot of high schools give strict instructions not to move your hands or signal the crowd in any way when it's your turn on stage. This includes waving, high fives, thumbs up, I love you signs, etc. The logic behind it is to keep students from flashing gang signs at graduation.

We had a girl who waved to the crowd when it was her turn and she got in trouble but was allowed to proceed. Then there was another student who flashed a fake gang sign as a joke and he was expelled from the ceremony without his diploma.

So it does happen. It's pretty stupid to return him to his seat for blowing a kiss to his mother but that's the reasoning behind the 'no movement' rule.


Also, he's not actually being prevented from graduating or receiving his diploma is he? I'm under the impression he was only prevented from receiving the honorary/ceremonial papers they hand out at graduation (which aren't the real thing, if I recall correctly).

With all that said, as a mother, I'd be LIVID if my son was embarrassed like that in front of his classmates all because he blew a kiss to me. It wouldn't be pretty.

It's my understanding (at least in this state) that if a student passes the required classes and has the required credits, if he passes state graduation tests, and does not owe any fines, he will get his diploma. As you said, most schools only hand out blank ones anyway, because the schools don't want to chance getting them out of order and having the students receive the wrong document. Later, they pick up a packet of stuff, including their actual diploma. So, he was embarassed -- the principal was a creton who will probably lose her job -- but he will get his diploma.

posted on Jun, 18 2009 @ 09:05 AM

Finally made it to! It is amazing that the people on this site are days ahead of the normal media! Congrats on breaking this story days ago!

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