View Full Version : Police State 2012 Part II: Public Schools of Shame.

06-05-2012, 01:01 PM

CINCINNATI - Winning football teams are used to a lot of cheering.

But for the second leading tackler of the Mt. Healthy Fighting Owls, cheering has earned Anthony Cornist a penalty he doesn't think he deserves.
"It's crazy how somebody can do that to you," he said from his family's living room Monday.

When Anthony walked across the stage at his high school graduation, his family made some noise.
"It was my dream to graduate," he said.

"I'm very proud of my son," Traci Cornist said.

Apparently, so were a lot of others.

"Teachers, other students and other family members who weren't with us were also cheering for him also. He's well known," Traci said.
The excitement proved too much for the administration.
Instead of a diploma, Anthony got a letter from the principal, Marlon Styles, Jr.
"I will be holding your diploma in the main office," the letter said, "due to the excessive cheering your guests displayed during the roll call."
"I did nothing wrong except walk across the stage," Anthony said.

The school demands 20 hours of community service before he can graduate.
Those hours can be split between Anthony and his family, or the senior can perform them all himself.

"I don't understand how he's being punished for something he has no control over," Traci said. "I just thought that was ludicrous... I have no clue where the logic comes in."

Calls to the principal, the district superintendent as well as a visit to Mt. Healthy High School have all gone unanswered.
Anthony's mother says so will the penalty.
"He's definitely not doing the community service," she said. "I'm definitely not doing the community service."

That strategy could spell trouble for Anthony's game plan.

"I have a college right now that definitely needs my diploma," he said.

Read more: http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/popular-senior-denied-diploma-because-of-too-much-cheering#ixzz1wwWHQed8

And this one:


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - In some places it's fine to be proud of your graduating children -- just not too proud.
A mother in South Carolina was arrested moments after she cheered for her daughter as she walked across the stage to accept her diploma.
Shannon Cooper was handcuffed at the South Florence High School graduation ceremony and charged with disorderly conduct.

“Are ya’ll serious? Are ya’ll for real? I mean, that’s what I’m thinking in my mind,” Cooper told WPDE in Myrtle Beach. “I didn’t say anything. I was just, like, 'OK, I can’t fight the law.'“
School officials had announced before the ceremony that anyone cheering or screaming for those graduating would be escorted from the building.
Cooper's daughter, Iesha, wasn't aware her mother had been arrested until she was informed by friends while she was still participating in the festivities.
Police placed Cooper in a detention center before releasing her on $225 bond.

Could school admins. be any more stupid!?

06-05-2012, 01:12 PM
Be good to have some context for this before making judgement. Here are some questions it might be good to know the answers to before making judgement about the "stupid"ity of the administration.

1. Did the school send out an information packet to the families before the event to indicate what it expected from the attenders as proper decorum?
2. Has the school system been dealing for a few years with a burgeoning competitive cheering problem?
3. How many kids are commencing in this ceremony and would family cheering for every one of them stretch the ceremony out to 4 or 5 hours?
4. Is the school concerned about the feelings of students whose parents or families can't get to the ceremony, or don't care enough to get there?
5. Is the school concerned about social structures within the class which could release some booing for some of the commencing students?

Outrage when uninformed is really easy. Getting fully informed is hard. Stopping and thinking before getting ones dander up is a sign of maturity.

06-05-2012, 01:32 PM
You're right, Elf.
DHS needs to open up a new section dealing with proud parents who are, as defined by school admin. and police, cheering for their children at public events, obviously a serious and imminent danger to the security of the police state!

S.V. Airlie
06-05-2012, 01:46 PM
WE always had awards night for those that wanted to attend. Graduation was a on another day.