Diploma Denied To Student Who Bowed, Blew Kiss To Family

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Diploma Denied To Student Who Bowed, Blew Kiss To Family

Justin Denney's family watched on as he ascended the Cumberland County Civic Center stage during graduation Friday night to accept his diploma, but the superintendent told him to return to his seat.
The Bonny Eagle High School senior's mother wants an apology, and her son wants his diploma, News 8's Will Lewis exclusively reported Monday night.
Mary Denney said she can't believe how her son's taking a bow and blowing a kiss on stage led was grounds for the superintendent to withhold his diploma…

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So, do you think the school went to far. Yes, they did...in my opinion. I read what it said about showboating. I don't think taking a bow and blowing a kiss to your family is showboating. I guess they need to detail out their definition of showboating. I also think knowing what the rules were...wait until you get the diploma in your hand and then do whatever you are going to do. It is not like they can take it from you at that point or fight for it at least. :-)

wv_republican
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What the hell is it with

What the hell is it with these nazi bast**ds in the school system?

jcmcards
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Wow...just wanting an apology

Wow...just wanting an apology and the diploma is class. I'd be demanding her job!

Mike Lange
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That was my reaction, too.

That was my reaction, too. Wow. Give the kids a break. It's their graduation. The superintendent needs to show some tolerance if she wants respect.

BlueJay
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I agree with all of the

I agree with all of the above. Is this administrator so insecure in the position that she can't deal with any spontaneity? Unreal. What would she do if someone really acted up?

FLNext
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I have a different "take" on

I have a different "take" on this. It seems to me that there should be no need for a signed contract spelling out expected behavior at graduation ceremonies. Why are sheriff's deputies on hand? What about the beach balls being batted around? Is this a proper forum for this behavior?

If one ignores the above, a bow and a kiss taken in isolation is hardly a reason to withhold the diploma. In the full context, however, it seems to me that misbehavior was expected and some of the class responded as predicted. Mike Lange said,

The superintendent needs to show some tolerance if she wants respect.

My sense is that she has shown entirely too much tolerance leading up to this day and, as a result, does not have the respect of the student body. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned.

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At least the kid didn't spike

At least the kid didn't spike his diploma on the stage and do a victory dance.

And what about that rude behavior when all those former Annapolis and West Point cadets throw their hats in the air? Disgraceful!

Tom C
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Vee must haff ORDER!

Vee must haff ORDER!

FLNext
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At least the kid didn't spike

At least the kid didn't spike his diploma on the stage and do a victory dance.

Funny you should mention this, AJ. After reading the article I thought of end zone antics of Terrell Owens, who once hid a Sharpie in the goal post padding and used it to autograph the football and toss it into the stands. Not a crime, certainly, but worthy of a fine from the "No Fun League." Where and when should a line be drawn? Or should anarchy in good fun be allowed?

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Perhaps Supt. Lukus should be

Perhaps Supt. Lukus should be contacted at suzanne_lukas@sad6.k12.me.us or 929-9108. Be nice!

pmrmsm
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These kids worked hard for

These kids worked hard for these diplomas. Think about it. They spend 13 to 14 years (including kindergarten) on average in school working their way to Graduation Day. I think Supt. Lukus is out of line and needs to relax.

I remember being in school and we only saw the Supt. on graduation day. Our Supt. left governing the student body to the school principal and his / her staff. Back in my day the Supt.'s job was to govern the staff, stay on budget, deal with individual school issues, take care of other administrative situations, deal with employee problems, ect...

Naran
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Dear God, Suzanne Lukas???

Dear God, Suzanne Lukas??? She was the assistant superintendent in Kennebunk for years... we don't miss her one bit. There were folks applauding all over town when she departed. According to teachers I know, she acted as prime "enforcer" for one of the worst of our former superintendents, and clearly, her attitude hasn't changed.

Once a harridan, always a harridan.

BTW - a little sleuthing will lead you to the news stories regarding the court case where she and her husband *allegedly* bilked an old lady out of her savings, supposedly in return for "taking care of her." According to the news stories, this included a session at their home, where the woman was "invited" to change her will, and sign over her money. After the lady's family found out, and took them to court, the Lukas couple gave the money back, to make it all go away. It was primarily the husband on the legal hook, but she was definitely involved in the proceedings and charged in the court case.

Nice gal, huh?

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Many here are very quick to

Many here are very quick to condemn Supt. Lukas, but a full reading of the Channel 8 story indicates a disruptive situation at the graduation with beachballs flying and students scuffling with deputies. Whether the student in question here should be denied his diploma I don't know, but it appears that Lukas was attempting to deal with an overall situation that was close to getting out of hand.

Naran
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Sorry to disagree, but after

Sorry to disagree, but after being subject to the tender "mercies" of Lukas for a few years in various meetings and behind the scenes, she deserves whatever she gets, and then some. Read the info I posted above about the court case and alleged swindling.

Think "Brunhilda" and big, blond, Gestapo enforcer, and you'll be in the right ballpark.

Why, there she is now, on the left in the back row, shepherding a group of young folks who are busy digging her next media gravesite!

[img]http://www.sad6.k12.me.us/BEMS/greenhouse/01CF5319-000F51DF.0/102108_110...

Mike G
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meow

meow

Naran
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If you knew her like some of

If you knew her like some of us do, you'd know it's more like "flamethrower."

pmrmsm
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Naran said: Think "Brunhilda"

Naran said:
Think "Brunhilda" and big, blond, Gestapo enforcer, and you'll be in the right ballpark.

Anybody remember the movie "Matilda" with Pam Ferris who played the part of Agatha Trunchbull, the school principal? She almost fits Naran's discription to a "T".

Naran
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I have it on good authority

I have it on good authority they based the movie role on Ms. Lukas. Check out the ankles above, if you don't believe me.
lol

Like I always tell my darling son - if someone does bad things and you don't like them, you need take no action beyond that which is appropriate. Be patient - wait long enough, open the newspaper, and there it will be.

The chickens do come home to roost, one way or another.

She could have simply handed the kid his diploma, but no - instead, she's invited a media firestorm, and it couldn't happen to a nicer gal.
lol

pmrmsm
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Next question is going to

Next question is going to be...What is the school board going to have to say about this and the media firestorm she has brought down on the school district over this incident...What are other parents going to have to say about this situation to the school board...How much heat is the school board going take because of this Superindendant.

Naran
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According to the comments

According to the comments section on the Channel 8 site, this has made Fox News. Nice going, Suzanne Lukas!!
lol

pmrmsm
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I just found it on the CNN

I just found it on the CNN site while looking for something else. Yea, school board will love the fact that they have gone nationwide on something they wish they were not known for.

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I'm not sure I would have had

I'm not sure I would have had the presense of mind to do it, but if the student had just stood quietly and kept his hand out until he received his diploma, forcing her to either give his what he earned or have him forceably removed from the stage (what the nazi probably would have done), what a story that would have been.

Is there any video of this available?

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I, like Naran, knew of Mrs.

I, like Naran, knew of Mrs. Lukas and her antics long before this and long before SAD 71 (Kennebunk-Kport). This doesn't surprise me at all. Suzanne Lukas is all about Suzanne Lukas.
I went to two graduations this spring, one at CMCC and one at the Maine School of Math and Science. If they had followed her lead, no one would have gotten a diploma. Graduations are times of celebration.

jcmcards
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There was a video on the

There was a video on the channel 8 link....the student in fact did stand for a moment with his hand out. When he walked off the students boo'd. Beachballs do not deserve police(sheriffs)..I do believe that their attendence is required at any large public event.

This superintendent deserves the wrath she is about to get!

jcmcards
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There was a video on the

There was a video on the channel 8 link....the student in fact did stand for a moment with his hand out. When he walked off the students boo'd. Beachballs do not deserve police(sheriffs)..I do believe that their attendence is required at any large public event.

This superintendent deserves the wrath she is about to get!

mediadog
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I attended a high school

I attended a high school graduation over the weekend, and a few of the boys did some mild showboating as they received their diplomas but not enough to destroy the decorum of the event. Beachballs were present but didn't get tossed until the class president had led her classmates in the traditional tassel swap that ended the program.

A graduation is a celebration but not a free-for-all. Some docorum is necessary if the event is to appeal to all students and parents, not just a minority of show-offs.

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We seem to forget that this

We seem to forget that this is a graduation exercise not the bleachers at Fenway Park. I'm sorry but bouncing beachballs and giant rubber ducks is not appropriate behavior while people are speaking. I know society has become more permissive but there's a limit.

That being said, I've had occasion as a past school board chairman to hand out diplomas at graduation. The first two times back in the late 80's, as I shook hands, I was handed candy, mini super balls, and even a few condoms - all in good fun. A very few mugged for the audience - a very few. After the tassels were turned the caps went into the air and I think a couple of cigars were lit up but the world didn't end. However during the ceremony everyone behaved appropriately.

Last year when I had occasion to do it again the "gift" tradition had ceased, but the post tassel celebration continued as in the past.

There are certainly a lot of humerous comments and the usual chatter from the yahoo element on the Press Herald web page this morning. The good folks of Hollis, Standish , etc. are hanging in there despite taking a pretty fair ribbing.

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Mr. Magoo...I do not

Mr. Magoo...I do not understand the part in your post of 'usual chatter from the yahoo element'...'and the good folks of Hollis, Standish hanging in there despite taking a pretty fair ribbing."

Where is the concern for the student and his family? Those good folks from Bonny Eagle should be up in arms regarding the acts of this superintendent and ruining this boy's graduation. How long does a parent wait for their child to graduate? I watched the video and no where does that child display any behavior deserving that humiliation and punishment. Her head deserves to roll...(figuratively speaking about her job of course to be politically correct in 2009)

JimP
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Let the kids have some fun.

Let the kids have some fun. When my kids graduated there were beach balls, bubbles and lots of giggling... Lets not forget what it was like to be young... This lady blew it and should publicly apologize.

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JCM 1. The yahoo comment

JCM

1. The yahoo comment referred to the off the wall comments on that forum, from the usual suspects, that ocurr every day regardless of the subject - most don't make it by the censor. If you follow these every day, you'll know what I mean.

2. Regarding the ribbing there were a lot of comments about the country folks hitting the big city and such. Again those were the comments on the forum not mine.

3. I would agree that it was unfortunate what happened to the student and it sounds like there was over reaction on all sides. I also understand from the article that the students were told beforehand what the standards of behavior were.

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A good friend reminds me that

A good friend reminds me that at one point, Ms. Lukas was found to have neglected to make sure the fire alarm systems were working at the high school... it turned out they'd be nonfunctional for maybe a year? There was quite a hullabaloo when that lapse came to light.

I'd forgotten that little contretemps... some folks do seem to keep getting their selves in the public wringer.

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