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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Thing is, I used to do **** like this when I was a kid too. Do or say something snotty and then, when the inevitable consequences came along, I'd get all high-minded and self righteous. Well, I could pretend it was a matter of principles, but it was really just being an obnoxious kid. I look back and I regret acting like that. I mean, it's part of growing up, I think most teenagers go through that, but I am glad I moved past it. I feel sorry for people who haven't moved past that attitude in adulthood, or worse, who feel that shouldn't even try to move past it at all. Like that kind of attitude is a good thing.
    "used to"? bwahahaha.

    You are doing it in this thread to a similar degree.

    The vast majority of us find your position not just wrong, but ignorant. When the inevitable consequences come along, you get all high minded, speculating that most of us are likely in school still, or just removed from it.

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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

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    "used to"? bwahahaha.

    You are doing it in this thread to a similar degree.

    The vast majority of us find your position not just wrong, but ignorant. When the inevitable consequences come along, you get all high minded, speculating that most of us are likely in school still, or just removed from it.
    The childish, stubborn behavior should not be encouraged, and it is wrong to encourage it. Those who are encouraging it are not mature adults, either because they are not adults or if they are adults they are not mature ones.I think you know that you are in the wrong. You should know, at least.

    What I am doing here in calling out the people defending he disobedient child is not hypocrisy because I am no doing anything against the rules.
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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    If the school has standards, and she broke them, why should she be an exception?

    Maybe the "F" word should be used wantonly, too?

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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    I dont like bullies. I like when someone stands up to them. They should have resolved this privately. They didnt, instead they made an unreasonable demand, and are now getting their heads handed to them for their beligerence. If they had a zero tolerance policy that they were blindly following they were being foolish. Further holding her diploma hostage, is bogus Barbra Striesand. Either way they were wrong. The young lass was standing up for herself. Rightfully. She stood her ground on principle. That in and of itself is rare these days. I read the quote she made there was nothing about it in or out of context that was remotely snotty, petulent, mean or rude. It wasnt even very far from her submited speach. She exchanged the word with a word it was interchangable with and interchanged with frequently anyhow. She was absolutely right to stand her ground and NOT back down. (Hey isnt there like a Tom petty song that goes like that?)
    Well as much as I love Tom Petty, I have to disagree wih you. Maybe you're just not getting what I'm saying. There is nothing wrong with saying "I don't know what the hell I am going to do when I grow up" or whatever was said here. Hell just happens to be against the rules. It is not intrinsically immoral to say "hell."
    What is wrong is refusing to apologize for breaking the rules, and instead demanding that you get your way because you happen to disagree with a certain rule.
    You may or may not agree with the rule, I happen to disagree wih the legitimacy of not only that rule but the entire public education system, but that is not the point. The point is that an apology is in order. Refusing to apologize, the self righteous attitude attendant to the refusal, is what is snotty, petulant, etc.

    How have we argued about this for so long and yet you still don't know I consider her refusal to apologize to be the problem no the use of the word hell.

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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Well as much as I love Tom Petty, I have to disagree wih you. Maybe you're just not getting what I'm saying. There is nothing wrong with saying "I don't know what the hell I am going to do when I grow up" or whatever was said here. Hell just happens to be against the rules. It is not intrinsically immoral to say "hell."
    What is wrong is refusing to apologize for breaking the rules, and instead demanding that you get your way because you happen to disagree with a certain rule.
    You may or may not agree with the rule, I happen to disagree wih the legitimacy of not only that rule but the entire public education system, but that is not the point. The point is that an apology is in order. Refusing to apologize, the self righteous attitude attendant to the refusal, is what is snotty, petulant, etc.

    How have we argued about this for so long and yet you still don't know I consider her refusal to apologize to be the problem no the use of the word hell.
    Yep Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gots love em. The problem I have is she should not have to write a public appology. She did nothing that would warrent that, even if there is a school policy against cursing. If she appologized privately to the board and the principle maybee and that would just be for the purpose of getting the diploma not actuall contrition. If it was me I would be thinking long and hard before I sucked up if I sucked up. I would never write a public appology for this. It could have been handled by the principle better thats for sure. Did she break their rule? Yes she did, technically. That doesnt not in anyway alieve the school of discrection. And discretion is what I am argueing. Zero tolerance is for mindless drones in most cases. This be one of those cases. Rules be rules, I get that. I can even agree to an extent. However, discrection should be applied in their application. She should at most get a slap on the wrist, more apporpriate would be a private admonshment and be done. Thats were I think you and I are crossing our wires.
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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by EnigmaIncognito View Post
    Oh she didn't technically break any rules? My mistake, I thought she had.


    Of course there was actually a rule broken. All schools have rules against profanity. Just because the student handbook did not explicitly list the rule does not mean there was not one.

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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    when news sites in other countries are posting something this inconsequential, you gotta think they believe the US is just a bit 'off'
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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by PirateMk1 View Post
    Yep Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gots love em. The problem I have is she should not have to write a public appology. She did nothing that would warrent that, even if there is a school policy against cursing. If she appologized privately to the board and the principle maybee and that would just be for the purpose of getting the diploma not actuall contrition. If it was me I would be thinking long and hard before I sucked up if I sucked up. I would never write a public appology for this. It could have been handled by the principle better thats for sure. Did she break their rule? Yes she did, technically. That doesnt not in anyway alieve the school of discrection. And discretion is what I am argueing. Zero tolerance is for mindless drones in most cases. This be one of those cases. Rules be rules, I get that. I can even agree to an extent. However, discrection should be applied in their application. She should at most get a slap on the wrist, more apporpriate would be a private admonshment and be done. Thats were I think you and I are crossing our wires.
    Well an apology is getting off easy isn't it? Saying " hell" isn't a very serious crime, but an apology is not a serious punishment either. If you just leave it at that it is pretty simple. But rebuffing the very easy thing that was asked of her has compounded the situation uneceasarily.

    If she had really done nothing wrong then it would be fine to refuse to apologize. If she was standing up for a no me principle I could agree. But there is no reason for her refusing except that she just doesn't like the rule. No rationale, just outright refusal for no reason other than whim. Tha is a childish reason to throw hissy fit.

    Students dont have first amendment protections, that much is established. Remember the bong hits for Jesus case? I could get behind a freedom of speech issue but that is not what this is about. She had no right to free speech in this context, and her speech crossed a line.

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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    Well an apology is getting off easy isn't it? Saying " hell" isn't a very serious crime, but an apology is not a serious punishment either. If you just leave it at that it is pretty simple. But rebuffing the very easy thing that was asked of her has compounded the situation uneceasarily.

    If she had really done nothing wrong then it would be fine to refuse to apologize. If she was standing up for a no me principle I could agree. But there is no reason for her refusing except that she just doesn't like the rule. No rationale, just outright refusal for no reason other than whim. Tha is a childish reason to throw hissy fit.

    Students dont have first amendment protections, that much is established. Remember the bong hits for Jesus case? I could get behind a freedom of speech issue but that is not what this is about. She had no right to free speech in this context, and her speech crossed a line.
    Public written appology in my opinion goes too far, also she was not technically a student in their charge at the time of the speach as the class was certified before that. The refusal was for a WRITTEN PUBLIC appology. Its not just a simple appology. She's right to refuse that.
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    Re: Valedictorian denied high school diploma for saying hell in speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    The childish, stubborn behavior should not be encouraged, and it is wrong to encourage it. Those who are encouraging it are not mature adults, either because they are not adults or if they are adults they are not mature ones.I think you know that you are in the wrong. You should know, at least.

    What I am doing here in calling out the people defending he disobedient child is not hypocrisy because I am no doing anything against the rules.
    You don’t have a monopoly on this issue. We also get to decide what is childish.

    I find it is you being childish and stubborn in regards to this issue. Fortunately, so few agree with you, that nobody is really encouraging your behavior. Yet you continue doing it anyway.

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