Ah, high school graduation…talk about rites of passage. And drama. And accusations of discrimination. And a big debacle over which color gowns should be worn. And breaking longstanding traditions (dating at least back to 1992) that were evidently extremely important.
Yeah, like I said, drama.
New Hampshire’s Spaulding High School is making headlines for the Rochester School District’s decision to garb their graduates in gowns of red (as opposed to past practice of girls in white, boys in red), an alleged outcry from a number of students that blamed several transgendered students for this egregious and heart-stopping change, and the district’s ultimate caving.
Which of course had nothing to do with any possibility of discrimination … or reverse discrimination … or anything other than the need to maintain tradition (yeah, their school mascot is called the Red Raider).
According to Senior Class Vice-President Corinne Baita, a small group of transgendered students were blamed for bringing about the (short-lived) change and were consequently bullied by some of their classmates.
A senior class assembly was held Tuesday morning to address the issues surrounding graduation. According to Baita, Principal Rob Seaward — who did not return several messages left seeking comment for this story — told the class at the assembly that there had been discussion about making the change for the past 10 years, with the School Board making the decision in March and approving the announcement …
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