Three Cheers, But That’s All You Get

How well I remember high school graduation. I arrived at the one-room schoolhouse in a buggy pulled by our faithful horse Old Tim…
No, wait, strike that. I’m confused. That was my first day of kindergarten. My Bad.
Anyway, at graduation, all the parents and other audience members were asked to keep their applause subdued so that all the names of graduates could be heard and the already-slow process of reading off the names wasn’t held up even worse. So far as I recall, everybody obeyed this rule.
A family near Cincinnati didn’t, however. And it’s come right back around and bitten them. Football star Anthony Cornist has legally graduated, but he will not receive his diploma until he or his family complete 20 hours of community service. The school claims that Anthony’s family cheered him excessively in defiance of the rules for the ceremony.
Anthony’s mother says their cheering was no louder than anybody else’s. Of course she says that. Not having heard the cheering for myself, I can’t say one way or the other if it was too loud or long. But I think it’s safe to say that if the school is taking any action at all, it must have been pretty damn obnoxious.
I don’t think Anthony should be the one to pay for his family’s bad manners, though. He was not the one making the noise, and presumably he did not instruct them to disrupt the proceedings. (Even if he did, they’re adults and should know better.) The incident is over and done with, whatever it may have been. Give him his diploma, and let it go. If he has a younger brother or sister who will graduate from that school in the future, hope that the family has learned a lesson and will tone it down when that sibling’s name is called.


One Response to “Three Cheers, But That’s All You Get”

  1. judylaq Says:

    “We would never do that huh Son… huh… huh…

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