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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.
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.
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.