Zero Tolerance Extends To Parents

Superintendent Jay Foster of Senatobia Schools in Mississippi pressed disturbing the peace charges against parents who did not follow his directions to hold applause till the end of the graduation ceremony. Not only were the offending parents removed from the audience, missing the rest of the ceremony, but they now each face a possible $500 fine. Apparently zero tolerance now extends to parents as well.

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     Posted By: patty - Wed Jun 03, 2015
     Category: Annoying Things | Bombast, Bloviation and Pretentiousness | Surrealism | Can’t Possibly Be True

I felt Mr. Foster should get full credit publicly for this decision. Someone should start a go fund me page for the parents.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/03/15 at 05:16 PM
They should fight it and even if they lose it will cost the school district a good amount of money to have a lawyer show up in court for them.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 06/03/15 at 06:44 PM
There should be zero tolerance for zero-tolerance!
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 06/03/15 at 09:15 PM
Dictators only survive because they're allowed to by the dictated.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/04/15 at 12:31 AM
"Not only were the offending parents removed from the audience, missing the rest of the ceremony"

This is LONG OVERDUE. Finally someone who keep the ceremony to the planned time line.

At times it seems there is a competition among friends and relatives trying to clap longer, louder, and more enthusiastically for "their" graduate than similar groups for other graduates.

So far I have not heard any reports of "cheerleaders with pom-poms" running through the aisles cheering on a graduate.
Posted by Larry on 06/04/15 at 10:30 AM
I'm with Larry. I don't care how special your precious darling may be; he or she is not any more deserving of an outburst than any other kid whose parents managed to obey the rules. Let your tribute be the tears of pride that well up (silently) in your eyes.
Posted by Frank on 06/04/15 at 04:14 PM
I don't remember who said it or what the exact quote was?

"When duelling is banned, chivalry dies!"
Posted by BMN on 06/04/15 at 10:28 PM
I've never yet been to an event where people refrained from cheering or commenting until the event was over. It didn't matter how well it was explained to the audience, there is always someone who can't be bothered to restrain themselves for the sake of others.
Kicking them out didn't hurt them any, their kid already went through.
Not sure arresting and fines are in order, but maybe it could be a deterrent in the future.
I surely don't want a dictator state, but what else can be done?
Posted by Gary Foster on 06/08/15 at 01:28 PM
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