Ohio School Withholds Diploma Because of Cheering

Jun 7, 2012 Full story: US News & World Report 31

A suburban Cincinnati high school is withholding a graduate's diploma and requiring community service as punishment for what it describes as overly boisterous cheering by his family during his graduation ceremony.

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#1 Jun 7, 2012
yes and no .. seems they could have simply delayed until the family realized how silly they were.. but on the other hand to finally have a family member finish school wellllllllllllll..

Ohio... no wonder why John went to outer space , twice
Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#2 Jun 7, 2012
Well schools are governed by individuals who as humans sometimes make fkd up decisions.
Would be interesting to know more about this Superintendent.
eg: does she have a history of these kinds of heavy handed missives, or was she just having a bad day?

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#3 Jun 7, 2012
what?????

that was our family when my son graduated. lol

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#4 Jun 7, 2012
Mount Healthy City Schools Superintendent Lori Handler tells WCPO-TV ( http://bit.ly/KvckUm )
..... families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions..... She says they are unfair to others who want to hear their students' names called and then cheered.

families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions.

so why are you blaming her

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#5 Jun 7, 2012
In all fairness, maybe this kid's family had all but written him off as hopeless, so they were amazed that he actually graduated. Either that or they realized that the kid was finally going to move out and that they could rent out his room.
Sescomm

Catasauqua, PA

#6 Jun 7, 2012
Freedom of speech and accountability issues are involved here. Can the student really be held legally responsible for the actions of others not even seated near him? Enthusiasm is a crime? Perhaps against the rules of the event but according to Dept of Ed law cannot be related to the withholding of his diploma. He should sue the school.
Sescomm

Catasauqua, PA

#7 Jun 7, 2012
If the school wishes to harm someone, they should file against the family members for disturbing the peace (but then everyone else who cheered as well). Ridiculousness. Kudos to the graduate and his supportive family!

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#8 Jun 7, 2012
RIGHT:

After past disruptions, a new policy was implemented this year aimed at making sure that all parents can hear their children's names called and celebrated. When they ordered graduation tickets, parents agreed that "any disruptive behavior" would result in their child's diploma being held until 20 hours of community service is completed, she said.

"Our whole push for this was to make sure that every single student's name is heard and recognized," Handler said, adding that that most parents are pleased with the new rules. "Everybody understands that upfront."

seems to me it was a graduating class not a student .... great resume .. leading tackler
Sheik Yerbouti

Lambertville, NJ

#9 Jun 7, 2012
The family knew the policy but somehow thought the rules didn't apply to them. Maybe it was because the 'student' was a violent entitled jock. The school board should not give in!

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#10 Jun 7, 2012
I really don't understand why they would punish the child graduating why not reprimand the family somehow other than going through the child. I'm sure they're probably look like fools anyway if that wasn't enough they should contact the family members directly
Howard the Duck

Orlando, FL

#11 Jun 7, 2012
I think they should be allowed to cheer. not only was he the first in family history to graduate high school he was the first to learn to read & write.
Lynn

Mentor, OH

#12 Jun 7, 2012
With all the crap some of these schools are doing lately,they should be checked out. They should put someone in charge with a brain! He earned his diploma and he should get it. His parents were too loud,but they handled it all wrong! They could have announced "quiet down" instead of the school acting like children themselves! What a bunch of aholes-LOL!

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#13 Jun 7, 2012
I can understand them implementing the rule since they knew beforehand that it was in place. What I can't understand is the rule itself. Why is it that it is the child that must do the community service and not those responsible for breaking the rules?

It seems to me that they are punishing the child for doing the right thing while those doing the wrong thing receive nothing. Something is wrong with that ruling. Child does correct thing and graduates and must do community service because parents do the wrong thing and breaks rule.... yep, seems to me that schools doesn't always teach proper lessons!

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#14 Jun 7, 2012
karmalyzed wrote:
I can understand them implementing the rule since they knew beforehand that it was in place. What I can't understand is the rule itself. Why is it that it is the child that must do the community service and not those responsible for breaking the rules?
It seems to me that they are punishing the child for doing the right thing while those doing the wrong thing receive nothing. Something is wrong with that ruling. Child does correct thing and graduates and must do community service because parents do the wrong thing and breaks rule.... yep, seems to me that schools doesn't always teach proper lessons!
what good is a rule if the penalty is a joke

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#15 Jun 7, 2012
Lynn wrote:
With all the crap some of these schools are doing lately,they should be checked out. They should put someone in charge with a brain! He earned his diploma and he should get it. His parents were too loud,but they handled it all wrong! They could have announced "quiet down" instead of the school acting like children themselves! What a bunch of aholes-LOL!
"Our whole push for this was to make sure that every single student's name is heard and recognized," Handler said, adding that that most parents are pleased with the new rules. "Everybody understands that upfront." EXCEPT YOU AND YOU DON'T HAVE A DOG IN THE FIGHT

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#17 Jun 7, 2012
tallyho wrote:
yes and no .. seems they could have simply delayed until the family realized how silly they were.. but on the other hand to finally have a family member finish school wellllllllllllll..
Ohio... no wonder why John went to outer space , twice
You can't blame the family, they mistook the venue for 'Dancing with the Stars' and thought their son made it to the finals.

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#18 Jun 7, 2012
reza june wrote:
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You can't blame the family, they mistook the venue for 'Dancing with the Stars' and thought their son made it to the finals.
hey Brit nice party MOM had

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#19 Jun 7, 2012
Why didn't the school annouce that all applauding & cheering has to wait until the last student had gotten his/her diploma? If other students were being cheered by their families, then this student should not be the only one being punished.

Damn Ohio School System.
Dr Stinko

Hampton, VA

#20 Jun 7, 2012
tallyho wrote:
Mount Healthy City Schools Superintendent Lori Handler tells WCPO-TV ( http://bit.ly/KvckUm )
..... families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions..... She says they are unfair to others who want to hear their students' names called and then cheered.
families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions.,
so why are you blaming her
Well Tally my read on it is the kid did nothing, his family did.
Maybe she should heve given those folks detention, or community service.

Not sure she taught him or those spectating the right lesson...

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#21 Jun 7, 2012
Dr Stinko wrote:
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Well Tally my read on it is the kid did nothing, his family did.
Maybe she should heve given those folks detention, or community service.
Not sure she taught him or those spectating the right lesson...
please read again , this is why we have lawyers........

A]. families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions.....

or

B]. would result in their child's diploma being held until 20 hours of community service is completed, she said.

that is the law , aka the 4 corners of the contract ... you read, you agreed , you broke your agreement

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