Here we are again. It's June so that must mean our jails are filling up once again with those hardened criminals known as "cheering family and friends."
That's right, folks. Once again, the annual high school graduation ceremonies were marred by the arrests of several people who cheered when their loved ones got their diplomas.
If you remember, I wrote the following last June after three individuals were cuffed and jailed for the same thing:
"Fairness is one thing....but, dearest Board members, if the only tactic you can think of is to arrest people for cheering, you're not thinking hard enough. Here's a wild thought...why don't you pause after every name is read? If the ceremony takes a little longer, well so be it. At least you wouldn't be looking like such idiots right now."
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Evidently, no one in charge of graduation can read, so let's try this again. We're going to focus this time on the school board, the principals and the other empty heads in charge of planning graduation who will henceforth be known as "school officials."
Attention, school officials: You are all now in danger of entering the realm of certified morons.
I could bang on the cops again for being mindless rent-a-dolts who couldn't reason their way out of a paper bag, but unfortunately that's their gig. They're paid to be mindless. But what about the school officials? They're supposed to be the brains of the operation, right? Well, I'm not sure they qualify any more after having people arrested for cheering - again.
Arresting people for cheering!? Think about that for a minute. Have you ever heard of anything so outlandishly stupid?
I thought the first time it happened it was just one of those moments that got out of hand. You know how it goes: some petty egotists on the board thought they'd make a point by going to the extreme and so they encouraged the rent-a-cops there to make an example of someone. But now, this is just getting to be - well, I was going to say it's funny, but it's not really funny. It's ridiculous. It's embarrassing.
It's just plain wrong.
And - according to news reports, it appears officials haven't been shamed enough on this to come up with a solution - I guess I know what I'll be writing about again next year around this time (oh, wouldn't it be great if we could have video next year? Someone please post video on YouTube so all of us can see our tax dollars at work).
And in the meantime, here's another plea to school officials: Take a minute before next year and think this through. Is it really serving anyone to have people arrested? Why not just build three to five seconds per name into the program for people to say "YEAH" if they want to and then move on?
Have some common sense, for crying out loud.