From Summer Walter, a concerned parent in Joppatowne
I was greatly disappointed in Joppatowne High School’s commencement last evening. While I can understand that some of our local politicians feel the need to make an appearance, Mr. Glen Glass was out of line. His speech was too long and not to the point. We were there to celebrate our children graduating, not to listen about his personal life growing up. We all heard that during elections!!
In addition to Mr. Glass, I felt extremely sorry for Mr. Macon Tucker. While I am not a huge fan of his, the students and yes even some parents I felt were so disrespectful to him!! Mr. Tucker in his speech announced that he was no longer going to be our principal and was being forced out; there were very few parents that clapped for him. I understand parent’s frustrations with Joppatowne, I for one am one of those parents, but please be respectful, he is still our principal!!
Upon calling the students to receive the diploma, there were two students, which chose to dance and cartwheel on stage. While the first was a bit funny and the audience laughed, it was not the time or the place for such things. The problem that I had, was after the second student decided to cart wheel on stage, returning to her seat, Mr. Tucker stated that it was not the time for such things, and she saluted him. To me, once again that was being disrespectful. There were parents shouting to let them do it. REALLY? I am sorry I agree with Mr. Tucker, this was a graduation, not a circus, which at times is what it seemed. This was not a place for kids to act unruly!!
Before the students were called to receive their diplomas, parents that wanted to take pictures of their children were urged to line up on one side of the wall, while the students lined the other. This was ridiculous!! It was out of control with everyone pushing everyone else.
At the end of graduation, I was amazed to see how many parents and other guests there were rude!!! We had small children with us and no one seemed to care that they were walking. People pushed and shoved, cut in front of us to break our family apart. Nowhere were excuse mes mentioned or apologies for stepping on toes. I felt like we were at a rock concert with all the pushing and shoving, not a high school graduation!!
Did we want to take pictures after graduation? Absolutely!! However, with the amount of people there being rude, even our own graduate did not want to stick around at school!! Maybe next year, Joppatowne will reevaluate how graduation is taken care of. Maybe next year, there will be more control of the students. Maybe next year, they will ask the politicians to focus on the graduates, not themselves. Maybe next year, parents and students will learn some self-discipline and respect!! Maybe, but probably not!!
A concerned parent in Joppatowne