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Postby stomperrob » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:55 am

Hmm - excessive???

Noise claims keep teens from diplomas

Galesburg district says disruption to ceremony violates contract; families claim racial bias

Friday, June 1, 2007

By Kevin Sampier
of the Journal Star

Galesburg - Five students were denied their high school diplomas after administrators said they or their parents were disruptive during graduation, but some say the decision is racially motivated.
District 205 administrators said all 268 graduating students and their parents were required to sign a "contract" before Sunday's commencement at Galesburg High School.

The contract banned "inappropriate or disruptive behavior," from parents and students, including screaming, howling, hooting, dancing, non-traditional handshaking and others.

Students Amanda Kelley, Nadia Trent, Caisha Gayles, Monique Williams and Dayvon Lampkin were denied their diplomas after they or their parents allegedly violated the contract.

Administrators say four of the students are black and one is of mixed race.

Trent said the district's decision was based on race and that several white students' families were loud and disruptive but their diplomas were not taken away.

"I think if you didn't grow up with money or aren't white, they picked you out," she said.

Superintendent Gene Denisar and Galesburg High School Principal Tom Chiles said the decision was not racially motivated.

"It had nothing to do with race," Chiles said. "It's a matter of who was disruptive to the ceremony."

Several students and parents met Thursday with Chiles, Denisar and Joel Estes, assistant superintendent of curriculum, hoping to reach an agreement on the diplomas. The hour-long meeting ended without one, but the group plans to meet again at 3 p.m. today at the school district office on Harrison Street.

"Our mind is totally open," Denisar said. "I'm willing to listen."

The contract said the school would withhold diplomas and block students from a school-sponsored after party if they or their parents broke the rules.

Thomas West, attorney for the school district, said the contract is not so much legally binding as "morally binding."

Kelley and her family say others in the crowd around them were being loud, but they were singled out by school administrators.

"It's not fair," Kelley said. "We're being punished for other people's actions."

The students are still considered graduates from the school, which will be reflected on their transcripts. The physical diploma, however, is being withheld by the district.

Denisar said the district has offered the students an option to get their diplomas back.

Each student would be required to perform eight hours of community service at the school.

"They can try to make us do community service for the diploma, but it's not going to make up for the day or the (after party)," Kelley said.

Denisar said the contract system was started last year, and several students were denied their diplomas then as well.

"There wasn't near the attention," Denisar said.

Estes said the school initiated the contract policy because the 2005 graduating class and their families were out of control.

"There were dozens of students whose names could not be heard (in 2005),"

Estes said. "It says their individual student is more important than the other students going through the graduation ceremony."


Kevin Sampier can be reached at 686-3041 or mailto:state@pjstar.com.
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Postby stomperrob » Mon Jun 04, 2007 2:18 am

Lofunzo wrote:2 days late but still retarded:

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Eww - but that's the darkside!!!

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Postby beanoX3 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 9:19 am

Wouldn't this be easy to prove? There should be hundreds of video sources to look at. In any case, what ever happened to just asking the loud and disruptive people to leave? Works even better if a cop is doing the asking too. :-b
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Postby HskrPwr13 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:55 am

I'm a pretty even keel guy so I wont go to blows over something like this, but I will say the people behind us using air horns was WAY too much and they went on for too long which caused others not to be able to hear the next couple of names mentioned. These "people" were acting foolish during the whole ceremony so it just added to my lack of patience with them. I couldve easily seen where others in my position wouldve come to blows. Therefore, no, I dont think the withholding diploma arrangement is execessive.
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Postby Metroid » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:20 pm

HskrPwr13 wrote:...Therefore, no, I dont think the withholding diploma arrangement is execessive.

Um punishing the students for actions their dumbass parents and family are guilty of? No not cool at all. I agree if I was another parent and couldn't hear my kids name called I would have wanted to feed those noisy parents their teeth but I wouldn't want their children to suffer for them being assclowns. I suppose rules are rules though. :-?
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Postby knapplc » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:26 pm

All this over a piece of paper that will barely get you a job flipping burgers? Yawn.
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Postby Metroid » Mon Jun 04, 2007 1:31 pm

knapplc wrote:All this over a piece of paper that will barely get you a job flipping burgers? Yawn.

I agree somewhat but I know when I graduated from high school it was a pretty big deal for me to have the actual paper diploma. Now I couldn't even tell you where it is. :-°
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