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High School Bureaucrats Go Too Far at Graduations

Recorded on June 6, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.


A high school principal in Cincinnati won't give a student his diploma because the family cheered him too loudly when he walked across the stage at graduation.


The principal says Anthony Cornist now must perform 20 hours of community service to get his diploma.  Anthony says that jeopardizes whether he can go to college, or get a job.


The audience was asked to stay quiet so that every graduate's name could be heard.  But that does not justify punishing the student by withholding his diploma.


Yet things got worse in South Carolina.  Shannon Cooper cheered loudly when her daughter got her diploma, so the school had the mother arrested.  She was handcuffed, charged with disorderly conduct, taken to jail, and had to post $225 bond to be released.


When school officials get this heavy-handed, when they become petty tyrants, maybe they're the ones who should be disciplined.


From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.