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Ohio school withholds diploma because of cheerings

Published: Wed, June 6, 2012 @ 10:51 a.m.

Ohio school withholds diploma because of cheerings

CINCINNATI (AP) — A suburban Cincinnati high school is withholding a graduate’s diploma and requiring community service as punishment for what it describes as overly boisterous cheering by his family during his graduation ceremony.

Mount Healthy City Schools Superintendent Lori Handler tells WCPO-TV families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions. She says they are unfair to others who want to hear their students’ names called and then cheered.

She says the extended cheering for football player Anthony Cornist disrupted the May 24 ceremony.

His mother, Traci Cornist, says the cheering wasn’t unusually loud or disruptive. She says her son shouldn’t be penalized for his family and friends cheering.

The school says he has legally graduated, but it’s requiring 20 hours of community service by him or his family before handing over his diploma.


1NilesOhio(845 comments)posted 3 years ago

Sounds like it's her time of the month. Sheesh, that's one out of control woman.

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2unclebill(23 comments)posted 3 years ago

By what legal authoruty can she issue community service? I thought that only the Courts could issue such sentances.

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3peggygurney(406 comments)posted 3 years ago

This is ridiculous. I'd hire an attorney.

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4redeye1(5054 comments)posted 3 years ago

blah If this kid graduated his parents should be able to stand up and cheer a little. That is one thing i feel that is wrong, is this country anymore. These people want everything to be prim and proper. What's wrong with a little bit of excitement at this great time.Why cant they wait a minute to announce the next grad's name.My son walked out of his graduation after getting his Diplona. He said that the teachers and staff make to much of a big deal out of it.with all of their BS. P.C. is ruining all in this country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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5doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 3 years ago

She had the responsibility to inform the rest of the posse that she brought to graduation of the agreement with the school system. The fact that she thinks the rules don't apply to her is typical.

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6Ytownnative(1114 comments)posted 3 years ago

An attorney? So if you don't want to abide by the rules just do what you want then SUE them for making rules? And we wonder what is wrong with society.

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7walter_sobchak(2173 comments)posted 3 years ago

The problem with this is that "family and friends" did the cheering and the student gets the punishment?!? What did the student do wrong or is the student a Kennedy where the children pay for the sins of the father.

Now, next year, if there is a kid someone doesn't like in this school, when the name is announced, have friends in the audience wildly cheer and make the graduate suffer the consequences. While I don't like when this cheering does take place when I attend a commencement exercise, it is usually done for a graduate that has very little to actually be cheered about. It just shows the low class of such families.

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