Loud cheering is for football games
June 15, 2012 3:38PM
Updated: July 18, 2012 6:17AM
Dr. Wallace: I read recently in our newspaper that four high school graduating students in Ohio were not given their diplomas because their relatives made a lot of noise (cheering, whistling, ringing cowbells, etc.) when their names were called to receive diplomas. Before diplomas were to be given to these four boys, they had to do several hours of required community service. One of the parents complained to the principal that her son didn’t participate in this response to the announcement of his name and therefore, did nothing wrong. It was his parents who broke the rules.
I agree with this parent! Graduation ceremonies should be a time of great joy for families of the graduates. Why would a principal put a damper on this celebration? If that ever happened to my child, I’d sue the principal, superintendent of schools and the school board. Since I understand that you are a former high school principal, I’d like to hear what you have to say about this stupid ruling by this Ohio principal.
Father: Don’t waste your time suing school personnel. You would lose the case and some of your hard-earned cash. It’s true that a school graduation should be a joyous occasion, but calling out a name and shaking hands with the graduate takes a sufficient amount of time. We had over 400 graduates in the school where I was honored to serve as principal. We planned to issue a diploma to a happy graduate every 15 seconds. This would make about a two-hour procession.
If some rude and obnoxious relatives cheered like they were at a football game, other guests and graduates were going to be sitting on hard wooden chairs for an extra hour or two. I agree with the Ohio high school principal. In most cases, parents are punished when their teen does something wrong. This time, it’s the teen who is punished when the parent does something wrong.
Dr. Wallace: Thank you so much for telling Cheryl in Santa Fe, N.M., to consider adoption first if her grandmother allows her to get a pet. All too often people impulsively buy animals from pet stores and backyard breeders, while great homeless animals are waiting and hoping to be taken into loving homes at local animal shelters.
Animals from shelters make great pets. While I’m a big fan of mutts and domestic cats, I understand that many people like purebred animals. Sadly, many of these people don’t realize that many purebred animals also need homes! Even if your local animal shelter doesn’t have the right pet for you, check out Petfinder.com and also Google the breed of pet you want and the word “rescue.” With a little time and patience, you’ll be able to find your perfect pet at an animal shelter or breed-specific rescue.
Lilly, Talladega, Ala.
Lilly: Thanks for your information. The joys of being a pet owner are everlasting!
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