Should District 51 Fine Folks For Cheering At Graduation?
Schools are cracking down on graduation cheering. Should District 51?
I experienced this first hand last May. My son's high school graduation back home was interrupted dozens of times by whistling and cheering friends and family members as graduates names were called while they marched across the stage to recieve their deplomas. It was distracting for the principal as he had to pause at every occasion. Add the delays up and I'm sure it added an extra half hour or so to the program.
A South Carolina high school recently informed students and family that cheering during graduation this year will cost them. They're not kidding. School administrators at Greenville High School said that cheering at graduation would result in a $1,030 fine! Seems like an odd amount. Why not an even one grand? Anyway, it's a lofty sum! Their notification read, "Since graduation is a dignified and solemn occasion, graduating seniors and their guests should behave appropriately. Please ask your guests not to call out, cheer, whistle, or applaud during the reading of names and presentation of diplomas."
I've not attended a Grand Junction High School or any other area graduation ceremony, but I'm guessing it happens here too. Is it annoying enough for school officials to threaten a fine? Should District 51 fine those that "cheer, whistle, or applaud" during the reading of the names of graduates? Good deal this wasn't a thing back home at my son's event. I know I whistled when I heard his name. And I whistle loud.