Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Student Denied Diploma After Blowing Kiss
Fox 5 News ^ | June 16, 2009 | Staff

Posted on 06/17/2009 5:27:44 PM PDT by politicalmerc

STANDISH, Maine -- Justin Denney's family watched as he ascended the Cumberland County Civic Center stage during graduation Friday night to accept his diploma, but the superintendent told him to return to his seat. The Bonny Eagle High School senior's mother said she can't believe her son's taking a bow and blowing a kiss on stage led was grounds for the superintendent to withhold his diploma. Mary Denney wants an apology, and her son wants his diploma, reported WMTW-TV in Portland, Maine. "I'm like, 'Did she not hand him his diploma?' I'm like, 'What's going on?'" Mary Denney said.

(Excerpt) Read more at fox5vegas.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: despots; discipline; kiss; maine; pda; zerotolerance
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-86 next last
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hate little Despot Bureaucrats!!!
1 posted on 06/17/2009 5:27:44 PM PDT by politicalmerc
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

We need to commission a poll: who is the biggest drama queen, the superintendent, the kid, or the mom?


2 posted on 06/17/2009 5:29:53 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

In case you agree with me.

CONTACT INFO FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO PROTEST:

Superintendent Suzanne Lukas:
suzanne_lukas@sad6.k12.me.us
Phone 207-929-9108

Principal Beth Schultz:
beth_schultz@sad6.k12.me.us
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

http://www.sad6.k12.me.us/
District Administration


3 posted on 06/17/2009 5:31:23 PM PDT by politicalmerc (NObama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

A student at a graduation we attended did a cartwheel on stage.


4 posted on 06/17/2009 5:31:33 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

Actually, as a veteran of many, many graduation ceremonies, I applaud the principal. At every darn one of these ceremonies people are told to hold their applause or in various other ways avoid insisting on narcissistic displays.

Unless the warnings are backed by action, nitwits like this boob will continue to flout the rules. Whistles, blowing kisses and similar antic prolong the agony for everyone.

Why can’t the little dear just climb the steps, walk decorously, play his part and receive his reward? Why does everyone have to be a celebrity?

I say, give the principal a raise.

Give the kid his stupid diploma in a month or two, after the lesson has had time to sink in. He obviously hasn’t yet learned his lesson, so he doesn’t deserve his diploma—yet.


5 posted on 06/17/2009 5:33:00 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

My bad. Give the superintendent a raise, not the principal.


6 posted on 06/17/2009 5:34:26 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

Yeah, rules are so much more important than the fact that apparently this kid EARNED HIS DIPLOMA.
But what is that next to showing off a little bit. Fry him.


7 posted on 06/17/2009 5:35:14 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy
I'm like, 'Did she not hand him his diploma?' I'm like, 'What's going on?'" Mary Denney said.

It would strengthen her position if she spoke English instead of latter-day pidgin argot.

8 posted on 06/17/2009 5:35:35 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc
If there is anyone out there who still thinks Liberalism is not a mental disorder; please let us here from you...and little despot bureaucrats are no more than useful idiots.

Stood next to a man in a checkout line and specialty/decorative toothbrushes were sitting on the counter. He picked one up; turned package around and then asked; since apparently he could not find the 'seal'; if these were approved by the American Dental Association. . .

Knew immediately this man was a pathetic; mind-numbed - if not brain dead - Liberal. He then added; that if they were not; they should not be allowed to be sold. Yes; folks, they cannot but help, give themselves away.

9 posted on 06/17/2009 5:36:02 PM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy
“I'm like, “I'm like, ‘What's going on?’” Mary said.

I vote for mom!

Same old crap, you are told what the rules are, you break them , then cry “unfair”.

Blowing a kiss is indeed pretty minor, but I have been to a 2000+ graduation, if every kid did something funny, the whole thing would degrade into non-sense. i was proud of all the hard work my son put in, and he came out still a semi-conservative! Hope he can hold on to it thru college too.

10 posted on 06/17/2009 5:36:42 PM PDT by enraged
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Loyal Buckeye
A student at a graduation we attended did a cartwheel on stage.

. . .and I am sure the audience laughed and applauded. Graduations are great; but even better; when there is some 'relief'.

11 posted on 06/17/2009 5:37:40 PM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

State run media.

State run education system.

Coming soon - State run medicine.

I never thought, in a million years, I would say this but...

I wish McCain had won. :^(


12 posted on 06/17/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT by airborne (Congratulations to the Stanley Cup Champions! PITTSBURGH PENGUINS!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

Did you see what the kid did? It really wasn’t over the top.


13 posted on 06/17/2009 5:39:01 PM PDT by politicalmerc (NObama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

I’m like...Mom!!! Like what the hell you upset about? Like, just chill....Like you and he agreed not to make a statement...Like, thats the way it is...


14 posted on 06/17/2009 5:39:26 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #15 Removed by Moderator

To: politicalmerc

That superintendent sounds pretty old school, to say the least.


16 posted on 06/17/2009 5:41:08 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

I guess if your boss didn’t like the car you drove to work, he should withhold your paycheck until you get a “greener” one.

Cripes. Get over it.


17 posted on 06/17/2009 5:41:40 PM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc
I hate little Despot Bureaucrats!

I never attended ceremonies. At high school I told them that I have more important things to do and left for home. At university - I don't even remember, I picked up the diploma at secretary's office a couple of months later. Why to bother attending useless, noisy performances that contribute nothing to your education?

18 posted on 06/17/2009 5:42:53 PM PDT by Greysard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Shimmer1

Because it’s narcissistic, that’s why. You don’t like the Narcissist in Chief, do you? If he earned his diploma, let him walk the last ten paces with dignity, like everyone else. Why does he have to be so precious, so special, so individualistic? Obviously the rest of the class didn’t need to focus all attention on themselves, since he’s the only one who got zotted. If everyone did what he did, the ceremony becomes a joke.

Whatever became of public ceremony where everyone plays his part well? Why does everyone have to have his little 5 seconds of special attention?

Rules are there to make life decent for everyone. People who think they are above the rules bring trouble for everyone.

What’s really different about this jerk standing on stage and saying, in effect, “I, I, Me, Me, Look at Me Ma, look at Me everyone ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME ME”

and Barack Hussein Obama filling his speeches with I, Me, My, Mine constantly? Both are narcissists.


19 posted on 06/17/2009 5:43:18 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc
did they give him the diploma after the ceremony? Point is, he earned the credits and they owe him the diploma, regardless. They might choose to withhold from giving it to him during the ceremony as a penalty for “blowing a kiss to Mom” (should have done that after he was handed the diploma) but they can't prevent him from graduation if he's passed the required curriculum.
20 posted on 06/17/2009 5:43:59 PM PDT by meyer ( "The world is a beautiful place and worth fighting for. But not without Freedom.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?


21 posted on 06/17/2009 5:45:30 PM PDT by PoliticalDookie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.
Narcissistic is the Keyword. These kids are told from day one that they are special and deserving of all the attention they can garner. And that their needs and wants trump those of anyone else. The whole Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and on and on feeds this thing to the point that everyone thinks everyone else has the obligation to see just how unique they are - And how ‘Cutting Edge’ they can be about the rules.

An Age of Narcissistic Sociopaths has been pawned IMO.

22 posted on 06/17/2009 5:46:23 PM PDT by TCats
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.
Why can’t the little dear just climb the steps, walk decorously, play his part and receive his reward? Why does everyone have to be a celebrity?

Because it's a monumentous event in a young person's life, graduating High School, eager to launch into the real world, and simply because he *can* as an American (remember "Liberty"?) ... whatever ... why does it have to be a stiff-shirt affair according to you?

23 posted on 06/17/2009 5:46:58 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Comment #24 Removed by Moderator

To: politicalmerc

And so we’re going to sit around arguing over which particular narcissistic act is under the top and which over the top?

A public ceremony is for the whole. When individuals start trying to make the ceremony about ME ME ME ME ME ME, they take advantage of their classmates who don’t flaunt themselves. If everybody flaunts herself, we have chaos. This kid’s stunt only works if he can assume that enough of the rest of the class will follow the rules.

I hate that kind of self-centered narcissism. And hating it is a conservative, traditional way of looking at life. How do you think we got into the mess we are in except by people insisting on being left alone to do their narcissistic little numbers when and wherever they please.

The kid will get his diploma eventually, I’m sure. A little tough love by delaying it to drive home the point is the best thing that could happen to him. Obviously his mother is a narcissist herself and she’s raised a jerk.

But go ahead, weep tears of sorrow for the poor little dear’s hurt feelings. That’s what he really needs, a million Mommies out there crying on his behalf. That’ll help him man up real fast.


25 posted on 06/17/2009 5:50:21 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: xcamel
Not necessarily your paycheck, can ding you on your performance review. One manager got on my case on parking my old pickup truck by the front door. Him and the building executive. There was no written rule or sign that said that old vehicles had to be parked far away.

I guess if your boss didn’t like the car you drove to work, he should withhold your paycheck until you get a “greener” one.
26 posted on 06/17/2009 5:52:08 PM PDT by CORedneck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: politicalmerc

Did the kids w/the beach balls get their diploma or was this guy the scapegoat? His actions were not mischievous, IMO.


27 posted on 06/17/2009 5:53:42 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: PoliticalDookie
How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat your meat?

Touche! Good one, PD :)

28 posted on 06/17/2009 5:53:45 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

Comment #29 Removed by Moderator

To: politicalmerc
"There was no misbehavior. Showboating is not misbehavior," Mary Denney said. "A bow, a kiss to your mom is not misbehavior. There was no need of my son not getting his diploma."

Well mom what about this?

“No arrests were made," Cumberland County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chief Kevin Joyce said. "The individual that was escorted off the stage was asked to leave the civic center. He was to the point where the deputy was starting to get to the point where he wanted to arrest the individual, but gave him several opportunities to settle down. Eventually, he took off his cap and gown and threw it at the deputy and walked out the civic center."

He had to be escorted off the stage. The superintendent asked him to sit down but he had to have a deputy escort him off the stage and had to be shown out of the building.

There has to be some history here, if not with this student in particular, with graduation ceremonies at this high school.

I will have to stand with the superintendent on this one. Discipline and decorum at high schools have been pretty low at high schools for several decades. It is long past time that kids learn that childish behavior has its place and time. Graduation ceremonies are not the place or the time.

The kid should get his diploma unceremoniously in the mail.

Next year the school should have a mandatory meeting with graduating seniors where it is explained that no demonstrations by students or parents will be tolerated. The ceremony will be as rehearsed or the offender will be escorted out of the hall and not readmitted.

30 posted on 06/17/2009 5:56:44 PM PDT by Pontiac (Your message here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.
...every darn one of these ceremonies ...narcissistic displays ...nitwits like this boob ...flout the rules ...prolong the agony ...the little dear ...his stupid diploma ...hasn’t yet learned his lesson ...doesn’t deserve his diploma—yet.

Really, really excellent outrage amplification spin. You should get a shill award for your efforts, or at least a bonus from your employer. Besides your abusive conceptual rape of the outrageously disrespectful integrity rape of this student, I especially note your steady use of the quoted disgusted and insulting, demeaning terms, rising at the end of your trashtalk to a sneering spit. Really excellent use of the technique - I hope other shills are noting this.

Congratulations - amongst the lowest of the low, you're the one who accepts money to be the garbage they step on.

31 posted on 06/17/2009 5:57:24 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Mr_Moonlight

Because the ceremony does not belong to him alone. It belongs to everyone taking part in it.

If you were getting married and one of the bridesmaids decided she didn’t have to follow the script but could pull this or that stunt so the attention would be on her, would it be “stiff-shirt” to say that she was self-centered?

Ceremonies have a real function in culture. Cultures that have no formal ceremonies in which the individual subordinates himself to the society’s rituals are cultures that will fall apart.

We used to have countless rites of passage in which we tested people for their loyalty, their willingess to play their role as assigned.

But toss out a negative label (stuffed shirt) and you’ve solved it. I wouldn’t care if the script for a graduation included face-painting and bubble-blowing as long as the whole group agreed in advance on what the procedures would be and everyone played their agreed-upon roles. MY OBJECTION HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH STUFFED SHIRTS. It’s about being a member of the group and playing one’s agreed-upon role. He knew the rules, why does he have to be so preciously stand-out? What would be wrong with doing what he was asked to do?


32 posted on 06/17/2009 5:57:42 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

Comment #33 Removed by Moderator

To: Pontiac
I disagree........on stage before the families of these students the superintendent lost it.......she needs to go. and these families elect the school board that hires and fires her.......bye, bye!
34 posted on 06/17/2009 5:59:03 PM PDT by tioga
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Talisker

Uh, do you have anything substantive to say or do you just shout sh’t?


35 posted on 06/17/2009 5:59:16 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

I know, it’s narcissistic, but they outgrow it! A little narcissism isn’t so bad, as long as it’s steered away from, but taking his diploma is more like hitting a fly with a hammer.


36 posted on 06/17/2009 5:59:50 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: meyer
(should have done that after he was handed the diploma)

Hahahahahaa, yeah his timing was off a bit. Could ya imagine the wild scene that would follow if he blew the kiss *after* getting the sheepskin? /laugh

Principal (as the kid runs away): HEY, YOU JUST BROKE THE RULES ... NOW GIVE THAT DIPLOMA BACK! I DEMAND IT!

Kid: Nyahh Nyann NYAAA ...

(Security convenes on the kid and tackles him, ripping the diploma from his hands)

37 posted on 06/17/2009 6:00:12 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

Comment #38 Removed by Moderator

Comment #39 Removed by Moderator

To: Pontiac
Well mom what about this? “No arrests were made," Cumberland .....

You might want to read it again - I believe they were talking about another student - not the one that didn't get his diploma.
40 posted on 06/17/2009 6:04:25 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Morgana

Very good example of pure relativism.

Fifty years ago do you think anyone anywhere would have thought of dressing up like a penis for his graduation? But that’s your “standard” against which you then evaluate kiss-blowing.

It’s people like you who enable the penis-costumers because you have no principle to operate from, just “well, it could be worse,” and “well, it’s not as bad as X.”

So my kid steals a CD and I tell the store security guard, look, that other guy in last night’s newspaper stole a motorcycle from the Harley store. My kid did nothing wrong because someone else did something worse.

Or your wife commits adultery and tells you, well, just be glad I didn’t do it with your brother. Leave me alone you stuffed shirt?


41 posted on 06/17/2009 6:05:12 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Pontiac
I will have to stand with the superintendent on this one.

All of his "behaviors" were because he had just had his integrity publically raped in the name of good behavior. The entire incident was an atrocity, the school administrators in this country are tinpot gods who regularly violate student integrity at will. Calling in a cop was further insult, and he was right to throw off his cap and gown (like hell he threw it at the cop, they were looking for a reason to arrest him and that would have done it).

Blowing a kiss to your mom and taking a bow when you get your high school diploma is disturbing the ceremony? Get a life, and stuff your worship of petty rules where the sun don't shine. This was rank, obvious, insulting and highly disrupting tyranny by the administrator - period.

And your support of it is disgusting.

42 posted on 06/17/2009 6:05:22 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

The jerk is a youngster and he blew a kiss. That doesn’t make him mentally ill with Narcissistic Personality Disorder or like Clinton or Obama.

I’m going to bow out of this, I don’t want to argue with you, but wish you would reconsider your rigid position on this. Some battles just aren’t worth the trouble. This is relatively harmless and we need to pick our battles.


43 posted on 06/17/2009 6:06:09 PM PDT by Shimmer1 (Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: xcamel

Utterly irrelevant pseudo-analogy. Did you earn your diploma?


44 posted on 06/17/2009 6:09:08 PM PDT by Houghton M.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Pontiac

I believe that part of the article is talking about another kid. Not the one in question.


45 posted on 06/17/2009 6:10:53 PM PDT by politicalmerc (NObama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.
Uh, do you have anything substantive to say or do you just shout sh’t?

Excellent use of the same tactic you're accusing me of, in order not to acknowledge the substantiveness of what I said.

You're really good. I'll bet you get two, even three bucks an hour.

46 posted on 06/17/2009 6:11:55 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.

Are you the superintendent in question?


47 posted on 06/17/2009 6:12:16 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Pontiac
He had to be escorted off the stage. The superintendent asked him to sit down but he had to have a deputy escort him off the stage and had to be shown out of the building.

There has to be some history here, if not with this student in particular, with graduation ceremonies at this high school.

I will have to stand with the superintendent on this one. Discipline and decorum at high schools have been pretty low at high schools for several decades. It is long past time that kids learn that childish behavior has its place and time. Graduation ceremonies are not the place or the time.

********************

Agreed.

48 posted on 06/17/2009 6:12:29 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: trisham

They are talking about a different kid there - not the ‘no diploma kid’.


49 posted on 06/17/2009 6:14:27 PM PDT by presently no screen name
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: Houghton M.
Obviously the rest of the class didn’t need to focus all attention on themselves, since he’s the only one who got zotted. If everyone did what he did, the ceremony becomes a joke.

Whatever became of public ceremony where everyone plays his part well? Why does everyone have to have his little 5 seconds of special attention?

********************

You make some good points.

50 posted on 06/17/2009 6:15:33 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-86 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson