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Bloomer School Board rejects Marine uniform for graduation
Chicago Tribune ^ | 9:19 AM CDT, May 13, 2008 | Associated Press

Posted on 05/16/2008 2:31:59 PM PDT by Born In America

BLOOMER, Wis. - A new Marine who's graduating from Bloomer High School this month won't be able to wear his military uniform during the commencement ceremony.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: antiamerican; dresscodes; leftismoncampus; teens; uniform; usmilitary
Ligen finished his class work early in order to enlist and will be done with basic training at the San Diego Marine base by graduation on May 31.

Here is a real opportunity for a community to show the pride they have for one of their own. A student who finished his course requirements for graduation early, enlists, and completes Marine boot camp in time to return for his high school graduation.

The school board convenes on Monday to adopt a policy disallowing the wearing of anything other than a cap and gown for graduation. Sounds like a clear intent to use their authority to prevent the student from sharing with his community his accomplishment.

The student has learned far more about sacrifice than the members of the schoolboard.

1 posted on 05/16/2008 2:32:00 PM PDT by Born In America
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To: Born In America

oh absolutely. Let’s celebrate the slackers who don’t even have jobs yet. Let’s give out some kind of proclamations for those students who took place in anti-war rallies or acted as abortion clinic crossing guards.


2 posted on 05/16/2008 2:34:38 PM PDT by bpjam (Drill For Oil or Lose Your Job!! Vote Nov 3, 2008)
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To: Born In America

Chicago the home of terrorist killers who are treated as Gods. So what else would you expect?


3 posted on 05/16/2008 2:37:13 PM PDT by YOUGOTIT (The Greatest Threat to our Security is the Royal 100 Club)
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To: Born In America
Here's a strange suggestion: follow the school rules.

A Marine mother

4 posted on 05/16/2008 2:38:55 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: Born In America

These articles pop-up as predictably this time of year as mushrooms after a rain.


5 posted on 05/16/2008 2:40:17 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: purpleraine

“Here’s a strange suggestion: follow the school rules.
A Marine mother “


We can find problems with them changing the rules after they find out that this young Marine wanted to be there in Uniform.


6 posted on 05/16/2008 2:43:12 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Born In America
disallowing the wearing of anything other than a cap and gown for graduation

So they will all be nekked under their cap and gown???

7 posted on 05/16/2008 2:44:03 PM PDT by Robert DeLong
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To: marktwain
There was a motion that no one seconded. That's the way the school district worked. Love it or leave it.

Marines don't cry and they don't ask anyone to cry for them when somebody knocks over their milk.

8 posted on 05/16/2008 2:46:57 PM PDT by purpleraine
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To: Robert DeLong

I agree with the school. It is a simple way to try and preserve a smidgen of decorum and dignity. Perhaps he can change into his uniform immediately after the ceremony.


9 posted on 05/16/2008 2:50:38 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Born In America

Another case of the protected dishonering the protectors.
Nothing new in that in America 2008 Look at the 2 people running for President in the Democrat Party and you see all you need to see about that...........


10 posted on 05/16/2008 2:52:14 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Patriot Guard Riders - Standing for those that stood for us.)
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To: YOUGOTIT

The town this is happening in is in Northern Wisconsin, not anywhere near Chicago.


11 posted on 05/16/2008 2:53:47 PM PDT by freemama
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To: Born In America

I wonder if this was 1950 instead of 2008 if they would have decided differently.


12 posted on 05/16/2008 2:54:39 PM PDT by freemama
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To: freemama

At my alma mater, Texas A&M, we have numerous freshly-minted 2nd Lieutenants (just out of ROTC) who receive their diplomas in their uniforms. I think this school’s policy is politically-driven and for those of you who are defending them, SHAME ON YOU.


13 posted on 05/16/2008 3:07:30 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: Born In America
The school board convenes on Monday to adopt a policy disallowing the
wearing of anything other than a cap and gown for graduation.


I hope the school board smugly thinks they've BANNED/CENSORED
any sign of patriotism at graduation.

And the Marine shows up in a cap and gown.
Of standard camo.
14 posted on 05/16/2008 3:15:19 PM PDT by VOA
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To: VOA

Everyone wears the cap and gown for graduation. He can wear his uniform underneath and remove the rob following the ceremony. A&M has a long tradition with their Corps. If this school elevated the Jr ROTC status they may want to wear uniforms.


15 posted on 05/16/2008 3:28:10 PM PDT by Edison (I don't know what irks me more, the lying or the incompetence.)
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To: Born In America; bpjam; YOUGOTIT; purpleraine; 1rudeboy; marktwain; Robert DeLong; Cyman; ...
Tommy by Rudyard Kipling

I WENT into a public 'ouse to get a pint o' beer, The publican 'e up an' sez, " We serve no red-coats here." The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,

I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I: O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' " Tommy, go away " ;

But it's " Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play, O it's " Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.

I went into a theatre as sober as could be, They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me; They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls, But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' " Tommy, wait outside "; But it's " Special train for Atkins " when the trooper's on the tide The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide, O it's " Special train for Atkins " when the trooper's on the tide.

Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap.

An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.

Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Tommy, 'ow's yer soul? " But it's " Thin red line of 'eroes " when the drums begin to roll The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll, O it's " Thin red line of 'eroes, " when the drums begin to roll.

We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too, But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you; An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints, Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;

While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Tommy, fall be'ind," But it's " Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind, O it's " Please to walk in front, sir," when there's trouble in the wind.

You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all: We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational. Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.

For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an` Chuck him out, the brute! " But it's " Saviour of 'is country " when the guns begin to shoot; An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please; An 'Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool - you bet that Tommy sees!

16 posted on 05/16/2008 3:29:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (McCain could never convince me to vote for him. Only Hillary or Obama can!)
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To: Born In America
His achievement ON THAT DAY was graduating from High School. He should honor that achievement by wearing the cap and gown.
17 posted on 05/16/2008 3:44:04 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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To: Edison

Wearing the cap and gown over the uniform is against Marine Uniform Regulations.


18 posted on 05/16/2008 4:13:51 PM PDT by Necrovore
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To: Robert DeLong; pandoraou812
So they will all be nekked under their cap and gown???

Lurid video looped over and over on the O'Reilly Factor next month.

19 posted on 05/16/2008 4:21:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (Berlin 1936. Olympics for murdering regimes. Beijing 2008.)
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To: Cyman

he could always wear his uniform under his gown.


20 posted on 05/16/2008 4:36:55 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: Cyman

oops! i missed post #18.


21 posted on 05/16/2008 4:38:21 PM PDT by robomatik ((wine plug: renascentvineyards.com cabernet sauvignon, riesling, and merlot))
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To: Edison
He can wear his uniform underneath and remove the rob following the ceremony.

No he can't. That would be a violation of MCO P1020.34F

22 posted on 05/16/2008 4:58:22 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Born In America

“The student has learned far more about sacrifice than the members of the schoolboard.”

Any number of young men graduated during the years of WWII, and wore their uniforms. What’s the big deal about this young Marine wearing his?


23 posted on 05/16/2008 5:17:55 PM PDT by swmobuffalo ("We didn't seek the approval of Code Pink and MoveOn.org before deciding what to do")
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To: Cyman

>>I agree with the school. It is a simple way to try and preserve a smidgen of decorum and dignity. Perhaps he can change into his uniform immediately after the ceremony.

Excuse me, but as a member of the Armed Forces, he is required to wear the appropriate uniform at all times. Civilian clothes can only be worn, if a) on military leave at home or b) with CO’s express approval.

He has earned the right to wear EG&A and dress blues. School Board is outranked by CMC and DOD regulations.

Let the “dress code” be for those who would show up naked or in anti-war attire.

Semper fi 59-62


24 posted on 05/16/2008 6:10:33 PM PDT by NTHockey
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To: NTHockey
Seems to me the Marines are far more strict about uniform wear than you say (and those rules are FAR more idiotic).

This is much ado about nothing. I can appreciate the young Marine being proud of his accomplishment, but he needs to accept the decision, wear their required uniform for the ceremony and drive on.

I wore my dress uniform under my cap and gown when I graduated from college. Granted the Marine dress blues don't have a standard collard shirt and tie like my Army uniform, but he can work an easy solution for the ceremony.

He's getting to the point of drawing far too much unnecessary attention to himself.

25 posted on 05/16/2008 6:20:38 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater (From "hooah!" to "meh..." in only three weeks' time...)
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To: Future Snake Eater
MCO P1020.34-1005-7-f. No part of a prescribed uniform, except those items which are not exclusively military in character, will be worn with civilian clothing.

Chapter 1 is a punitive article, violations may be subject to prosecution under the UCMJ.

26 posted on 05/16/2008 6:57:48 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Born In America

Here’s another case from last year:

http://confederateyankee.mu.nu/archives/229455.php


27 posted on 05/16/2008 7:03:01 PM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: Born In America
Shame on the school board. This young man is serving his country and putting his life on the line to protect their (and our) freedom. May they rethink this and allow the young man to wear his dress uniform. He is on active duty...
28 posted on 05/16/2008 8:29:16 PM PDT by RochesterFan
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To: robomatik

I think a mountain is being made out of a mole hill. The kid asked, the board said “no” and gave a reason why. Case closed.


29 posted on 05/16/2008 9:03:23 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Tommy by Rudyard Kipling

Perfect post for this thread.

Kipling  had a gift.  Thank God he shared it.

30 posted on 05/16/2008 9:24:00 PM PDT by zeugma (Mark Steyn For Global Dictator!)
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To: Born In America

What is it with these cheddar heads........If he is a proud Marine and they do not want him to wear his uniform....and he wants to wear it.....tell them shove off.


31 posted on 05/19/2008 5:12:15 AM PDT by Wavrnr10
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To: purpleraine

Bringing the issue to light is the only way some folks are going to be perturbed enough to vote these elitist school board members out of a job.

Raise Hell about it and let them pay the price, or knuckle under and let them pass more stupid rules to the point they ban kids who graduate early from walking at graduation.


32 posted on 05/19/2008 5:16:44 AM PDT by Rebelbase (McCain: The Third Bush Term ?)
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To: Necrovore
Wearing the cap and gown over the uniform is against Marine Uniform Regulations.

DING! DING! DING!
NO MORE CALLS PLEASE, WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!!!

Fact is he is ALREADY a Marine. According to the regulations he MUST abide by, he must be in full dress, utilities, or uniform of the day, unless on leave.

For me, I would be the proudest parent in the whole building to see my son, who made his choice to defend the nation, walk across that stage in his full dress uniform to accept a diploma.

33 posted on 05/19/2008 5:27:13 AM PDT by Pistolshot (When you let what you are define who you are, you create racial divisiveness.)
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To: A.A. Cunningham

its really a use descression. As a Marine of two years i would not think it was appropriate to wear the dress blue uniform to a high school graduation as a graduate. I think if he has someone that he should of gotten guidance from a recruiter or someone.

If you want to look at the regulation specifically then yes in that that way, you would be unable to wear the appropriate headgear in uniforn, covered in doors....

Bottomline he should of gotten guidance on it before he said anything to the school.


34 posted on 06/28/2008 12:38:23 PM PDT by Deployed Marine
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