Failure to follow simple instructions should have consequences

Published 12:04 am Sunday, June 6, 2010

I attended graduation for the Class of 2010 at Vicksburg High School. I commend the faculty and administration for a job well done. I congratulate the seniors for their success and I hope they will continue their education.

When I was teaching, the simplest instructions I would give my students were “do,” “don’t do,” “stop” and “go.” Knowing when to follow these instructions enabled them to pass the course and be a success in any situation in life, so I was appalled when the audience would not follow the simple instruction given to not cheer and make loud noises when each candidate received his or her diploma.

Slips were given with each program asking the audience to respect this occasion, to be solemn and to refrain from the aforementioned conduct. Since the audience did not conform to this request, I think next school year authorities should consider not having graduation exercises in the stadium.

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Graduating students should be given a code of conduct to follow and if one does not follow the rules (such as batting balloons) during the ceremonies, he or she should be ejected immediately and receive his or her diploma in the mail.

More security and policemen should be made available so we can have a solemn and dignified graduation.

Frank Crump Jr.