Graduates, parents upset after Far South Side school makes last-minute graduation changes

Graduates, parents upset after Far South Side school makes last-minute graduation changes

CHICAGO (TOC) — Security issues compelled modifications Wednesday at commencement on Chicago’s Far South Facet.

These modifications led to some complaints from college students and fogeys.

Highschool commencement is a milestone you do not neglect, however for the 2022 graduates of Views Management Campus, their ceremony is one they wish to neglect.

“To undergo a commencement that’s not even 5-10 minutes is loopy to me,” stated Bradley Fizer Jr., a 2022 graduate.

The ceremony, with your entire class and their households, was canceled on the final minute for security issues and was changed with a format that allowed 10 graduates at a time with out their households.

“They usually tell us 24 hours upfront. I’ve six members of the family that got here from out of city for this. They flew in for the ceremony,” stated guardian Kieta Archibald.

In an electronic mail despatched to folks, Principal Eron Powell stated the workers made the change on account of current security issues inside the college neighborhood.

“This choice comes on account of the cumulative affect of incidents and threats to our neighborhood. It’s with a heavy coronary heart we have now made the choice,” Powell stated within the letter.

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In accordance with Chicago police, there was an incident final Friday throughout the college day when an 18-year-old feminine hit and sprayed mace on one other feminine. The offender was charged with a misdemeanor.

Mother and father and college students had been furious in regards to the choice.

“It is simply tousled as a result of this may be their solely commencement. They may not go to varsity and stroll once more,” stated 2022 graduate Darrion Jones.

“I believe it is shameful,” stated fellow guardian Bradley Fizer, “to decide of this magnitude and cheat everybody out of this second.”

Jalon Lamar hoped to stroll throughout the stage and showcase his educational achievement cords and medal together with his household.

“I celebrated this myself. I did not do that on my own. I wished everybody who helped me come and see me stroll throughout the stage,” he stated.

After many complaints, mother and father solely had been finally allowed to observe their youngsters graduate.

“We allow them to know we weren’t standing for it,” stated one other guardian, Latrina Jones.

With solely 10 graduates at 15-minute intervals, commencement lasted all day. And so as to add insult to damage, by mid-afternoon, rain compelled the modified ceremonies inside.

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