At 8/20/12 10:11 PM, Ryanson wrote:
Girl has a 4.0 average, valedictorian of her class, about to start college... but was denied her diploma apparently because she used "hell" in her graduation speech.
I don't see how this makes sense, but whatever.
I never saw the prohibition of using profanity in school as a good thing. It accomplishes nothing significant. Just about everyone curses. Few, if any, are harmed by it, and yet profanity is consistently prohibited in schools all over the country and around the world. It's not reasonable. Not that I care very much, though.
The word "hell", when used in a profane manner, is so laughably mild that few people really get in trouble for using it in conversation, even with people of authority. When I was in high school, I did try not use profanity around teachers, administrators, etc. but I occasionally did say "damn," and "hell" without suffering any of the consequences associated with using such words around people of authority. It was never a big deal as long as you didn't say the big curse words. I guess I'm rambling now.
Withholding a diploma from a valedictorian for using "hell" in a speech for humorous effect is ludicrously unreasonable. Demanding an apology is even more ludicrously unreasonable.
That kind of strict adherence to a rule that isn't very defensible reflects poorly on the administrators of her school.