Common courtesy could have prevented graduation arrests

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By Karen Smith

This is in response to the arrests made during the Fort Mill and York high school graduation ceremonies.

Although it should not have been necessary, these invited guests were told in advance, not once, but twice (in writing and verbally), of the respect and decorum that was expected of them during this extremely important time in the lives of the students and their families.

The word “ceremony” and lack of cheerleaders should have tipped them off that it was not a football game.

For these people to thumb their noses at the hosts of the event (the school officials) only teaches their child, grandchild, niece or nephew that they do not have to obey or show respect to authority figures (parent, teacher, boss, preacher, police, God) or to rules and laws.

They have also shown that not only do they not respect the authority figures, they also don’t care about the other parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends who wanted to hear their student’s name called as well.

I know that it’s a big deal when a child graduates. It’s a big deal for all of us.

The problem arises when your joyous celebration of your child’s accomplishments interferes with my being able to hear my child’s accomplishments being announced.

Although it’s not very common anymore, it is called common courtesy. Let’s all learn it, practice it and teach it to our children.

Karen Smith

Indian Land