Some school districts in the country are barring Marines or Soldiers from wearing their uniforms or stoles in their High School graduation ceremonies. And though they all claim it has “nothing to do with support for the troops” – that’s not true. It has everything to do with support for our military.
Young recruits are proud of the decision they’ve made to join the US Armed Forces. To deny them the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas with other members of their classes is ridiculous.
Indiana’s Hobart High School was supportive of one student wearing her Marine Corps uniform.
“This year was especially nice, because Ana Kritikos graduated midterm and landed just in time for the graduation ceremony.” Superintendent Peggy Buffington to the Times of Northwest Indiana.
Not so with nearby Crown Point High School. Principal Chip Pettit told PFC Jacob Stanley that he would have to wear his cap and gown, not his uniform. He chose to wear his dress blues anyway, and they actually escorted him out of the ceremony because of it.
A Marine went to his high school graduation to collect the diploma he earned. Instead, he was escorted out by cops.https://t.co/U05X9Qx5mM
— Joseph S. Pete (@nwi_jsp) June 8, 2017
SUPPORT OUR MILITARY..Shame on Crown Point High School in Indiana. Refused to let a Marine in uniform take the stage to receive his diploma. https://t.co/jLjIl20OlO
— Katrina (@lymynn1) June 8, 2017
— Chris Hush (@ChrisHushNBC) June 8, 2017
— DEPLORABLE Mike G (@theoriginalgooz) June 8, 2017
For his part, Jacob Stanley just wants to move on.
“I don’t want the social media controversy that is drawing attention away from the Class of 2017. I also do not want to make any additional statements and wish to put this all behind me so I can start my career in the Marine Corps.” Stanley in a statement from 9th Marine Corps District, Naval Station Great Lakes