What in god’s name are you talking about?
“This is a crushing epidemic wrong in our system”??? Seriously? First that sentence does not make a whole lot of sense, but more importantly, it is an “epidemic”??? You said it yourself, your child got to walk at graduation and he/she got their diploma. Where is the issue. When I graduated, they didn’t give us actual diplomas when we walked no matter what, they were mailed out after. What exactly is the issue.
You say a lot of things in your two posts. You talk about the “message” that it sends to our children. I think it sends an important message, one that is lacking in many people these days. Personal accountability, and taking responsibility for one’s obligations. Is it the schools fault that your child had an outstanding obligation? Or is it your child’s?
You also say several contradictory things in your two posts. In the first one you insinuate that the diploma was withheld for $2 for a drink, then you say that you wouldn’t care if you were rich and you could pay the bill, then you say that your child actually owed nothing. What exactly took place?
Lastly you claim that the school only gave you 24 hours’ notice. If the child didn’t actually owe anything, why wasn’t this time enough to clear it up? You claim that is wasn’t time enough because “of the economy”. But what does the economy have to do with it, if nothing was owed?
I find it incredibly hard to believe that the school did not give more notice than 24-hour. I know that when I was in high school, all financial and administrative obligations were made clear to each student before finals week even started, and as you said in your post, this most of the time is weeks before graduation. And I know that this still takes place, because my wife is a teacher.
Perhaps your child just didn’t take the responsibility to inform you that they needed either $2, or too much money to possibly raise because of the economy, or no money at all, depending on which portion of your post you read.
Long story short, I think you are either knowingly or unknowingly being untruthful about why something happened, what it took to clear it up, how much notice you were given, and in the end, it was really not that big a deal in the first place.
But maybe I'm wrong, maybe it is a crushing epidemic in our system.