Storm doesn't stop celebration

Storm doesn't stop celebration

There are 12 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jun 4, 2010, titled Storm doesn't stop celebration. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

New Oxford High School graduates from left, Casey Nicholson, Amanda Caples, Jenna Nicholson, Jenitza Nieves and Melissa Caples prepare to head onto the football field for their commencement ceremony.

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Joe

Columbia, PA

#1 Jun 5, 2010
Unbelievable that the school's administration didn't move the ceremony inside at the first sight of lightning. Not exactly a safe move.

(Not to mention, if someone had gotten hurt and sued the district, it'd be the taxpayers' pocket that would get raided...)
a place for everything

Hanover, PA

#2 Jun 5, 2010
come on now big mike and his wonderful staff had it all under control. The only thing he could have done better was to have some of big brave teachers stay in the rain to help the elderly grand parents down from the rain slicked bleachers.
Carma

Abbottstown, PA

#3 Jun 5, 2010
Joe wrote:
Unbelievable that the school's administration didn't move the ceremony inside at the first sight of lightning. Not exactly a safe move.
(Not to mention, if someone had gotten hurt and sued the district, it'd be the taxpayers' pocket that would get raided...)
Serioulsy people! Do you live in the area?? NO! Is it your taxes?? NO! Why take something so special and memorable to these kids and bring negativity to it. Get a hobby!!!
Carma

Abbottstown, PA

#4 Jun 5, 2010
a place for everything wrote:
come on now big mike and his wonderful staff had it all under control. The only thing he could have done better was to have some of big brave teachers stay in the rain to help the elderly grand parents down from the rain slicked bleachers.
Then don't sit in the bleachers if you can't walk down them.
Joe

Columbia, PA

#5 Jun 5, 2010
Carma wrote:
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Serioulsy people! Do you live in the area?? NO! Is it your taxes?? NO! Why take something so special and memorable to these kids and bring negativity to it. Get a hobby!!!
Actually Carma, I do live in the area and it IS my taxes. Unsure why Topix always lists me as Lancaster, but probably for the same reason you're listed as "United States." Don't jump to conclusions so quickly, friend.

More importantly - I don't think anyone would willingly want to bring negativity to the students' special and memorable night. But how memorable would it be when someone - a parent, a grandparent, a fellow student - was struck and killed by lightning? I'm pretty sure it's common knowledge that if you're close enough to see the lightning and hear the thunder, you're close enough to be hit. And rain-soaked metal bleachers or in the middle of an open field is not exactly the location I'd want people to be at a school-sponsored event, or any event for that matter.

It's a hard decision to make... moving indoors and making some people be in rooms where they can't see the momentous occasion. But this is what we task our school administrators to do: make tough decisions for the safety of all. Based on the articles I read in all the local newspapers, I can't say that this happened quickly enough.
hahahahaha

Hanover, PA

#6 Jun 5, 2010
new oxford is sooo gay!
Carma

Abbottstown, PA

#7 Jun 5, 2010
Joe wrote:
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Actually Carma, I do live in the area and it IS my taxes. Unsure why Topix always lists me as Lancaster, but probably for the same reason you're listed as "United States." Don't jump to conclusions so quickly, friend.
More importantly - I don't think anyone would willingly want to bring negativity to the students' special and memorable night. But how memorable would it be when someone - a parent, a grandparent, a fellow student - was struck and killed by lightning? I'm pretty sure it's common knowledge that if you're close enough to see the lightning and hear the thunder, you're close enough to be hit. And rain-soaked metal bleachers or in the middle of an open field is not exactly the location I'd want people to be at a school-sponsored event, or any event for that matter.
It's a hard decision to make... moving indoors and making some people be in rooms where they can't see the momentous occasion. But this is what we task our school administrators to do: make tough decisions for the safety of all. Based on the articles I read in all the local newspapers, I can't say that this happened quickly enough.
Graduation is over and done with get over it!!!!
Joe

Columbia, PA

#8 Jun 6, 2010
Carma wrote:
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Graduation is over and done with get over it!!!!
Agreed... it is over. Just glad no one got hurt.
NOHS PARENT

Philadelphia, PA

#9 Jun 9, 2010
Some One could have been hurt not to mention most People do not like to be sitting on a metal seat with lightening all around them. Plain and Simple Mike O'brien did not have the Auditorium set up properly for the Graduation(No chairs on the Stage for the Graduates) So he risked the lives of everyone because he "Fucked" Up
Greenman7

Hanover, PA

#10 Jun 10, 2010
The students wanted to have THEIR GRADUATION outdoors. Everyone met over weather maps and saw that there was a narrow window and there WERE contingency plans in place.

If you saw the faculty that night wipe the rain off of the chairs for the 2010 graduates, you would know that each one of us would have walked out and carried chairs into the auditorium in order to hold graduation there if that is what the seniors wanted to do.

They stuck with their plan to hold it outdoors.

Did we dodge a bullet? Absolutely. One look at what the rest of the area dealt with is proof of that.

But let's give administration some credit here: too often they get hammered for being too strict with the interpretation of rules and so on. But they wanted to give these students a memory and allow them to graduate with a ceremony of THEIR CHOOSING.

By the time Mr. Balchunas got rolling with his speech, the smiles came back and most people remembered why we were there: to celebrate the achievements of a fine class of future leaders.

Ask them about their night. I would venture to guess that nearly every single one of them would not change a thing, and they will have a memory that will last for a very long time.

“Stupidity should be terminal!”

Since: Apr 10

Gettysburg PA

#11 Jun 10, 2010
NOHS PARENT wrote:
Some One could have been hurt not to mention most People do not like to be sitting on a metal seat with lightening all around them. Plain and Simple Mike O'brien did not have the Auditorium set up properly for the Graduation(No chairs on the Stage for the Graduates) So he risked the lives of everyone because he "Fucked" Up
Nice to see parents with such an incredible gift for the english language...and we wonder where our kids get their mouths.
fischerfolks

Elliottsburg, PA

#12 Jan 8, 2011
RoboHealth wrote:
<quoted text>Nice to see parents with such an incredible gift for the english language...and we wonder where our kids get their mouths.
Amen

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