Sunday, April 20, 2014

! Agree With The 1,200

From the Daily Mail: If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.
A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.
For others, it was the notion that Obama's speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student's big day

Harbaugh said officials asked the president or first lady to speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation. The district plans to place a priority on seating students and their families, and could broadcast the event to an overflow room at a hotel adjacent to the graduation arena for those unable to find a seat inside.
That's not good enough for Taylor Gifford, 18, who started an online petition on Thursday evening to urge the district to reconsider its plans. She and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Obama's visit would limit the seating options for family and friends.
'I really would like it to have a peaceful solution, but there is so much misinformation going on,'Gifford said.
Gifford said her initial reaction to the news was excitement, saying she was 'freaking out' about the prospect of the first lady speaking at graduation. When rumors of limited tickets surfaced, Gifford felt like the focus was being shifted from the students to Obama.
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High school graduation is a big day for students because they have spent 12 years + kindergarten in school and this is their 1 big day to celebrate of up to 14 years of being in school.  Plus, to limit tickets because of Obama just makes that much worse.
Obama can take her traveling circus somewhere else or another venue instead holding it on the day that is reserved to honor the graduates.  Hopefully, she will come to senses, but I doubt it as she has a super big ego and it's all about her.  But maybe he daughters can sit her down and explain the facts to her.  After all, I suspect they don't want to go to Topeka.

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