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A Very Costly Kiss: Senior Denied Diploma
Yahoo! Buzz ^ | 06/16/09 | Mike Krumboltz

Posted on 06/16/2009 6:26:58 PM PDT by Artemis Webb

For teens, there is no greater joy than graduating high school. Shaking off the shackles of education and claiming that hard-fought diploma is truly an epic day. Unfortunately, for several students at Bonny Eagle High School in Maine, their natural exuberance has led to some surprisingly serious problems.

On Friday night, when the senior class was waiting to graduate, excitement began to grow. Students bounced a large inflatable rubber duck. The noise level rose. And then came "the kiss." When called, one student walked on stage to receive his diploma and blew a kiss to his family. The school administrator, clearly not the sentimental sort, sent the student back to his seat ... sans diploma.

The seemingly harsh punishment has sent the Web all aflutter. Searches on "student denied diploma" and "bonny eagle high school" are both through the roof. Additionally, blogs and news papers are chiming in with opinions on whether or not the administration overreacted. The student's mother has given interviews and is quite upset at her son's treatment. According to an article from Fox News the outraged mother said, "A bow, a kiss to your mom is not misbehavior."

But the administrators feel they were just enforcing the rules that students agreed to. At a meeting following the debacle, school superintendent Suzanne Lukas said that "if a student doesn't adhere to the expectations, then the consequences are clearly spelled out."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: arth; diploma; discipline; graduation; kiss; pda; zerotolerance
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Blew a kiss to his parents! What scum! /s
1 posted on 06/16/2009 6:26:59 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb; metmom

reason 3,234,567,231,238 to homeschool


2 posted on 06/16/2009 6:28:30 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

I just checked the Bonny Eagle High School website. It appears to have crashed.


3 posted on 06/16/2009 6:30:18 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

In this case, a lawsuit is in order.


4 posted on 06/16/2009 6:31:50 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Artemis Webb
Every grad season, you can count on two things: a guy wanting to be prom queen and a two bit school adminstrator doing something stupid just around grad time.
5 posted on 06/16/2009 6:32:59 PM PDT by llevrok (A feral conservative in my own land.)
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To: Artemis Webb

He is fortunate to be free of that place.


6 posted on 06/16/2009 6:33:49 PM PDT by blowfish
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To: Artemis Webb

Who says the gestapo isn’t running our public schools?


7 posted on 06/16/2009 6:33:56 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Why is the yellow-bellied coward, David Letterman, afraid of Governor Sarah Palin?)
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To: llevrok

amen brother


8 posted on 06/16/2009 6:34:07 PM PDT by Artemis Webb
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To: Artemis Webb

Theroretically, there’s no need for high school anymore. Many schools such as Penn Foster offer high school diplomas or equivalencies online and kids can just study at home. My daughter’s mom and I are discussing whether to homeschool our 8-year old this fall. Lucky for her, she works from home.


9 posted on 06/16/2009 6:34:51 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("President Obama, your agenda is not new, it's not change, and it's not hope" - Rush Limbaugh 02/28)
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To: Artemis Webb

That punishment seems a bit excessive... I wonder though, if the student can sue the school on “breach of contract” as he had fulfilled the requirements to get the diploma yet was denied it.

IOW, I bet if this got to a jury-trial the guy would be a shoe-in win.


10 posted on 06/16/2009 6:35:42 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Artemis Webb

When I read the headline I assumed there was going to be a big homo or lesbian kiss involved...HE BLEW A KISS TO HIS PARENTS? OH..The horrors! What is wrong with people...I’ll tell you...give someone a little power and they’ll make sure they use every last inch of it. The official will end up apologizing..it’s so stupid.


11 posted on 06/16/2009 6:36:01 PM PDT by Hildy (In Venezuela Coke Zero is bad for your h ealth. In the U.S. Zero on Coke is bad for your healthcare.)
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To: Artemis Webb
Posted in "Comments" as video.

Graduation video

12 posted on 06/16/2009 6:36:23 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: llevrok

LOL! You got that right!


13 posted on 06/16/2009 6:36:52 PM PDT by Hildy (In Venezuela Coke Zero is bad for your h ealth. In the U.S. Zero on Coke is bad for your healthcare.)
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To: Artemis Webb
The school administrator, clearly not the sentimental sort, sent the student back to his seat ... sans diploma.

I think Ubama has found his Health Care Czar.

14 posted on 06/16/2009 6:37:41 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Artemis Webb

If it was a kiss to his boyfriend that would have been ok.


15 posted on 06/16/2009 6:38:47 PM PDT by Maelstorm (Why can't they just leave the children alone?)
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To: Artemis Webb

What kind of people would deny a really happy kid his diploma which he earned over a period of years?

Scum and low class POS, that’s who.


16 posted on 06/16/2009 6:39:25 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: DaveLoneRanger; 2Jedismom; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; AngieGal; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

This ping list is for the “other” articles of interest to homeschoolers about education and public school. This can occasionally be a fairly high volume list. The main Homeschool Ping List handles the homeschool-specific articles. I hold both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping list. Please freepmail me to let me know if you would like to be added to or removed from either list, or both.
17 posted on 06/16/2009 6:39:45 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Artemis Webb
He should just tell the administration that it was a kiss to his boyfriend!

Well hell, why didn't you say so? Case dismissed!

18 posted on 06/16/2009 6:40:01 PM PDT by skimbell
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To: Artemis Webb

A real juvenile delinquent there. Where did the parents go wrong?


19 posted on 06/16/2009 6:40:47 PM PDT by La Lydia (.)
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To: Artemis Webb

They’ll be putting one of those ankle tracking devices on the kid before you know it.


20 posted on 06/16/2009 6:41:25 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
It really is a no-brainer. HOMESCHOOL! :-)
21 posted on 06/16/2009 6:42:34 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Artemis Webb

Last year I attended my Goddaughter’s graduation from a Catholic High School in Miami. I was stunned at the lack of decorum - the most of them acted like unruly animals (parents included). Profanity, vulgar behavior, and the horrendously loud blasting of airhorns in the auditorium was tolerated equally by parents and staff. Seems after the event would have been an appropriate time to whoop it up...


22 posted on 06/16/2009 6:43:14 PM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: Hildy
When I read the headline I assumed there was going to be a big homo or lesbian kiss involved

If that had been the case, not only would the two graduates have been given their diplomas, they would have been showcased on "Good Morning America" and invited to the White House to meet the emperor and empress.

23 posted on 06/16/2009 6:43:22 PM PDT by behzinlea
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Do it!
And if you need any help, PM me.

My 11 year old is about to start 9th grade
My 9 year old is in 7th.

We use Switched on Schoolhouse.

Thanks for the tip on High School!


24 posted on 06/16/2009 6:44:10 PM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: freekitty

If this were a private school, this would not be in the news. Why? Because the parents freely chose the school and agree to the terms. If the private school insists on dignified and orderly commencement ceremonies, and the family knows the consequences, then too bad for the kiss blowing kid.

Ah! But...With government schools the children at there by compulsion ( Armed police, court, and foster care action.) That is why there is a conflict. The government is punishing this young man for exercising his free speech.


26 posted on 06/16/2009 6:46:16 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Artemis Webb

Oh, good grief. When I graduated one of the girls got her diploma turned her back to the crowd so those of us in the stands waiting to get our diploma could see her, well, she opened her gown and she was stitch start naked. Closed he gown and went and sat down. My gosh we went wild with laughter and clapping.
Blowing a kiss to your mom and dad, what the hell is wrong with these people?


27 posted on 06/16/2009 6:46:57 PM PDT by svcw
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To: Artemis Webb

I may have gotten arrested for it, but if I were the student, I’d have belted that two-bit school “administrator” beotch right in the mouth; right then.


29 posted on 06/16/2009 6:50:49 PM PDT by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: AAABEST

ping


31 posted on 06/16/2009 6:53:40 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: AAABEST

ping


32 posted on 06/16/2009 6:53:45 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Artemis Webb

For 15 generations we were there. What has happened to my State?


33 posted on 06/16/2009 6:54:09 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: WellyP

You mean ALL of Rhode Island is like this?


34 posted on 06/16/2009 6:57:59 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Texas Eagle
I think Ubama has found his Health Care Czar.

Best post of the day.

35 posted on 06/16/2009 7:00:39 PM PDT by Logophile
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To: Artemis Webb

Cut-throat lawyers are camped out in the front yard, licking their lips at the vision of a huge settlement from the school for the outrageous conduct of this petty bureaucrat.


36 posted on 06/16/2009 7:00:41 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama as President is like hiring a mechanic who never saw a car before.)
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To: metmom; Tired of Taxes; wintertime

I think that instead of caps and gowns, students should get their diplomas wearing black and white striped jumpsuits. It would be far more appropriate.


37 posted on 06/16/2009 7:00:47 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The McCain/Palin ticket was like a Kangaroo, stronger on the bottom than at the top)
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To: Logophile
Best post of the day.

Thank you. Thank you. Please. Be seated.

(whew!)This is quite unexpected.

First, I'd like to thank my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, for gifting me with this incredible ability to post wise-cracks on a political website....

38 posted on 06/16/2009 7:09:17 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Clintonfatigued

No kidding.....


39 posted on 06/16/2009 7:09:30 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: QBFimi

I attended a homeschool graduation for 14-16 (I can’t remember the exact count) kids.

It was the most respectful, reverent, and focused ceremony I’ve attended since I graduated from USMC boot camp (seriously; not bragging, just mentioned for emphasis). Two of my neighbor’s kids graduated. There was silence where required, applause where necessary, and PRAYER throughout. Try looking for equivalent behavior in a public school graduation.


40 posted on 06/16/2009 7:09:40 PM PDT by AZ .44 MAG (A society that doesn't protect its children doesn't deserve to survive.)
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To: Artemis Webb

I would like to see where it says in the rules that blowing a kiss to mom is grounds for denying a diploma.


41 posted on 06/16/2009 7:10:15 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Artemis Webb

Bonny Eagle High School
700 Saco Road
Standish, ME 04084
207 - 929 - 3840
Principal, Beth Schultz
bschultz@sad6.k12.me.us

Assistant Principal,
Lori Napolitano
lnapolitano@sad6.k12.me.us

Assistant Principal,
Kevin Harrington
kharrington@sad6.k12.me.us

Assistant Principal/
Activities Director,
Mike LeGage
mlegage@sad6.k12.me.us

Central Office
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 38, Bar Mills, ME 04004
Address: 100 Main Street Buxton, Maine 04093 929-3831
642-2480
Superintendent of Schools Suzanne Lukas,
suzanne_lukas@sad6.k12.me.us 929-9108
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Carol Weeks,
carol_weeks@sad6.k12.me.us 929-9101
Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Rick Matthews,
rick_matthews@sad6.k12.me.us 929-9146

all numbers are 207 area code.

Give em a piece of your mind.. I know I’m going to!


42 posted on 06/16/2009 7:12:18 PM PDT by Dubya-M-Dees (Gun clingin' God Fearin' pissed off redneck.)
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To: QBFimi

....finally somebody with the honesty to tell it like it is....and guess what....the riff raff that interrupts the most are the ones headed for a job flipping burgers...they do their best to turn graduations into farces..they do the same thing at their weddings too.....tune into “America’s Trashiest Weddings” on TV to see them in action....more and more schools in our area have adopted a “zero tolerence” policy at graduation ceremonies....and I’m glad.


43 posted on 06/16/2009 7:13:14 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: Clintonfatigued
That idiot super is in real trouble.

Because the kid has already graduated, the diploma is his and not the school's.

It is his property and his right to get it.

For instance, when I graduated from UNC, I did not attend the graduation ceremony. They mailed my diploma to me because it was mine.

He has a case.

44 posted on 06/16/2009 7:14:27 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Clintonfatigued

I think that instead of caps and gowns, students should get their diplomas wearing black and white striped jumpsuits. It would be far more appropriate.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Sitting here laughing and laughing! :-)


45 posted on 06/16/2009 7:19:02 PM PDT by wintertime
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To: Artemis Webb

I wondered what happened to Dolores Umbridge after she left Hogwarts....


46 posted on 06/16/2009 7:19:56 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: STONEWALLS
What an idiotic statement. The kid waved to his family, blew a kiss, and pointed to his friends. Quite the disruption.

PLUS, he has graduated. The diploma certifies he's graduated. If she doesn't get the kid the diploma post-haste she might be talking to attorneys....

47 posted on 06/16/2009 7:25:37 PM PDT by freebilly
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To: QBFimi

Agreed. At my daughters HS graduation 3 years ago on the football field, the people standing at the back had staggeringly boorish and obnoxious behavior. This year, for my son’s graduation, we got there very early to grab seats in the front row so we didn’t have to be right in from of all the noise and air horns. I hate to generalize, but the people standing were all minorities.


48 posted on 06/16/2009 7:32:53 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: freebilly

...zero tolerence means zero tolerance....a concept quibblers like you will never understand.


49 posted on 06/16/2009 7:41:40 PM PDT by STONEWALLS
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To: behzinlea; Hildy

This rural Maine school advertises formally that it has a Gay-Straight Alliance as one of its clubs (list is on second page of the PDF). I wonder what kind of special awards are given at the graduation ceremony for participation in this club? No doubt that club plays some role in the graduation and the principal is fine with that.` http://www.sad6.k12.me.us/behs/guidance/01D54958-000F51DF.1/Profile%202008-2009.pdf


50 posted on 06/16/2009 7:45:04 PM PDT by Mack Truck (Obama still hiding the key info on his background from the Anerican public U.S. media are AWOL.)
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