Student denied her diploma.
(Original news story link)
Last week a young girl, Caisha Gayles, faced one of the biggest moments in her life, high school graduation. What a happy moment for anyone, it is a big achievement considering the dropout rate. High school is hard, not only all the work and study involved. There are lots of different pressures on kids in school nowadays. Whether it be the kids that are bullies, made fun of for their clothes, picked on for their social status, etc, etc. Graduation is a VERY BIG DAY for anyone who has worked hard to get there.
So why, did the school withhold this young woman’s diploma? Because her family and friends cheered? Because her family and friends saw the things she overcame to get there, to that stage to graduate from high school?
I’m trying to think of this whole situation from the schools perspective, and I cannot. The superintendent of the school, Joel Estes, said “It is disrespectful I think to our community.” How so Mr. Estes? What is wrong with cheering for a young woman on one of the biggest days of her life? It is utterly reprehensible that you are withholding Caisha’s diploma! Zero tolerance? For what Mr. Estes?
Caisha says, “I’m not angry at my family at all. I’m glad they cheered for me because its my day, they’re proud of me and I’m glad they showed they were proud of me.” And you know what Caisha? You should not be angry at all. Not only is your family proud of you for your achievement, you should be as well!
I hope the school administration wakes the hell up and gives this girl her damned diploma! She earned it and should be able to frame that piece of paper and put it in her home to look at with pride!!!
Editors note: This morning, 6/6/07, I saw a new article on CNN about this ongoing bs. Here’s the link CLICK HERE
Editors Note: On 6/8/07 I saw a story on CNN that the students have finally been given there diplomas and the situation is over with. CLICK HERE to read the story on CNN. Thankfully this over for the students and they can move on now.