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To cheer or not to cheer for HS gradsJune 7, 2012 @ 9:59 am (Updated: 12:15 pm - 6/7/12 )
Another parent is called out after cheering for her son during his high school graduation ceremony.
Recently, a South Carolina mom was arrested and taken away in handcuffs after she ignored the school's announcement to "hold your applause" until after all the graduates' names are called.
Now an Ohio high school is withholding a grad's diploma and requiring community service as punishment for what it describes as "overly boisterous cheering" by his family during his graduation ceremony. Technically he graduated, but won't get the official document until he completes 20 hours of community service.
On Monday, we'll have the first of dozens of graduation ceremonies for the state's more than 80,000 seniors.
If you have a high school grad, will you scream for him or her?
If they asked me not to make a huge fuss, I'd probably applaud and give a quiet "woo hoo" because I'm a rule follower.
"My daughter keeps telling me I need to scream when they announce her name. I, too, am a rule follower and am stressed out," says Leah Lorenz of Everett. "The school has already said they don't allow screaming out for all the reasons you mentioned. My daughter needs to understand I will totally be screaming inside when they announce her name. She thinks mom is lame and I should be proud enough to break the rules."
There a few reasons why schools do this. They want to prevent the commencement ceremony from dragging on. If you had to pause 10 or 15 seconds waiting for applause to die down, that time adds up. Also, you loud applause and screaming makes it difficult to hear the next name called.
"I think they are trying to fix the unnamed problem with the graduation rules - the poor kid who only has one person to cheer versus the child with 10 people so that the cheers are uneven," says Amy from Sammamish.
Sean also points out the applause interrupts videos people are trying to make and "It's rude as hell, but no one seems to get it."
A solution might come from Leonard in Kent, who suggests if the school doesn't want cheering for individuals, maybe they shouldn't recognize students individually. Just have everyone stand up and let people hoot and holler for them.
"I believe the families and friends of a graduate should stand up and cheer for their graduate. It's a form of honoring that child for their accomplishment," he says.
By LINDA THOMAS
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