Apparently this young graduate and her mother think that the purpose of a high school promotional ceremony is self-promotion.
A 17-year-old senior at John Burroughs High is speaking out against a Burbank Unified policy that won’t allow her to wear a U.S. Air Force sash — indicating she will be joining that military branch upon leaving high school — during her upcoming graduation ceremony.
Frankie Baker was given the sash by Air Force officials to wear during her graduation ceremony later this month.
However, she learned that district policy only allows students to wear pins, medals or similar regalia connected to activities in which they participated while in high school.
“I just want to walk across the stage representing where I’m going after school,” she said.
Frankie is planning to bring her concern to the Burbank school board during a meeting on Thursday, and she’s hopeful school officials may alter the policy.
“I didn’t accept the fact that I was told ‘no’ because that kind of hurts. I find it very disrespectful,” she said. “I personally didn’t think it was right. I thought something had to be changed.”
Disrespectful? You’ve got to be kidding. Annoying maybe, if that’s your feeling. But an attack on your person?
The overweening sense of privilege some of these kids have. Wonder what she’ll say about the incoming shelling.
Her mother, Maria Aviles, also plans to attend the meeting to support her daughter, who she said became serious about joining the Air Force after recruiters visited Burroughs during her daughter’s junior year.
“The school district allows them to come in and recruit our children,” Aviles said. “They’re all for kids putting [their lives] life on the line to fight for our country. These are kids you should be proud of. This is one that she should be allowed to wear, in my opinion.”
Sorry, there are no special privileges attached to joining the military, nor should there be. It doesn’t make you more special.
It also sets a bad precedent. If this advertising stunt is allowed then so should everything be. How about Valley College sashes?
Why not? Oh yeah, those kids aren’t as worthy as our young warriors.
It’s even sicker than that. Remember the days when fighting for free speech meant something other than being allowed to promote military service? This is the screwed-up level that so many of these students are at nowadays.
We’re touched too about her willingness to place herself in harm’s way. In the Air Force.
There’s more. From CBS comes this confused comment:
“The military is a very important part of my life, and I want to stand up for what I think is important,” said Frankie Baker, 17…
Baker says her stance on graduation is her way of living up the Air Force motto: “Aim High.”
Wow. If she thinks that following this graduation ceremony rule is insulting, just wait. Where does she think she’s going, FIDM? As such, we have to agree with this viewer response:
This is one young lady that is soon going to learn that rules are rules. If you don’t like the rules tough luck. The school has it’s rules, just like the AF and it doesn’t include the sash. Get use to it, it’s your life for the next 4 years, following the rules.
Not that we’re big on rules and authority too much, but isn’t she?