Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Pomp and circumstance indeed

The principal of Brewbaker Technology Magnet High School in Montgomery has declared that the valedictorian, who took part in a senior prank and has already received her punishment for it, can't speak at tonight's graduation ceremony. Officials at St. Jude Educational Institute, also in Montgomery, tried unsuccessfully to bar a pregnant student who completed all of the requirements from even participating in Tuesday's graduation ceremony at all.

Does anyone else see a problem here?


Anonymous Joel said...

I agree with you that it's ridiculous that a young lady can't walk just because she's pregnant. But what do you expect? Alabama high schools have always hated pregnant girls. It's sinful!

But I feel absolutely no sympathy for the valedictorian. Yes, she's been punished, but when you're being given such a singular honor as being allowed to speak at your graduation, you ought to be a bit more respectful of school rules like NOT VANDALIZING THINGS.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Of course she should have followed the rules, which would have allowed her to speak without any trouble. But if, as this story suggests, she was led to believe that her punishment was complete and that she'd be permitted to speak, only to have that privilege taken away at the last moment, then she's right to be upset.

If the principal was clear up front that the girl's punishment would include being stripped of her graduation speaking privileges, then I have no problem with that. But according to a couple of sources in the story, the pranksters were told their punishments would end Tuesday, before graduation. It's the apparent after-the-fact nature of the decision that's troubling.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Joel said...

As I mentioned in my own post on this, I still only manage a small twinge of sympathy for her. Sure, she's probably got a right to be pissed off, but that's life, I'm afraid. She's still the valedictorian, an honor she can claim for the rest of her life, regardless of her speech.

5:03 PM  
Blogger porchwise said...

I could fill up a spiral notebook with comments on this so let me just say it's indicative of everything in the Alabama school system (or, as an Alabama high school student would spell it: sistum).

5:11 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Good point, Joel. The principal at least was reasonable enough not to strip the girl of her valedictorian title because of one bad decision.

Be careful with the stereotypes, Porchwise. Plenty of intelligent young people are in Alabama schools, and considering the limited resources with which the teachers have to work, most of them do a pretty good job.

5:30 PM  
Blogger King Cockfight said...

Though I noticed in the Advertiser story that the father's name and feelings about the situation was left out, which means he declined to comment, there's some dispute over whether he is the father or the reporter for the Advertiser just didn't check it out (it's the Advertiser, I wouldn't be surprised).

But what I found funny is that the person that Cosby at least said was the father is being allowed to take part in graduation.

Finally, a school outright reinforcing an age old social value: Even though the guy played an equal role in the pregnancy, you're the one at fault, bitch, because you're the woman and we don't need to be thinkin' about your stank-assed placenta around here.

Now go home and study, whore, preferably in the kitchen and/or barefoot.

Oh porchwise, don't be talking too much smack about Alabama schools. Some of them produce people like me: angry wannabe intellectuals with foul mouths and hearts blacker than tar.

We're going to start a CompuServe newsgroup soon.


10:33 PM  
Anonymous the Free Voice said...

When I graduated from high school (private school by the way), there was a girl in my senior class who had given birth during our senior year. When the administration learned of her pregnancy, she was barred from attending classes, as per rules of the school, but they did everything possible to ensure she could still complete her work from home. What bothered all of us was that eventhough she had completed all of her work and had already given birth and was still receiving a diploma from the school, she was not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. I should mention that we had another member of the class who did march but only received a "certificate of attendance" and six months to pass remaining classes to actually get a diploma.

The part that aggrevated the parents was that the father of the girl's child, who was a football at the same school, was not punished at all.

10:32 AM  
Blogger porchwise said...

It takes two to tango, King, and if they'd taught some birth control the problem would never have arisen, unless her boyfriend was an idiot, which is quite probable.

3:32 PM  

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