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Family Anger Flares as Police Eject Celebrating Students from Graduation Ceremony

Carl Belen
Police Escort Students Out After Dancing At Graduation CeremonyPhoto by@nursebabe_rissa / Tiktok

At McKinley High School's senior graduation ceremony in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a moment of pure triumph and elation quickly turned into a contentious incident that left families fuming. Videos surfaced of police officers waiting in the wings of the auditorium, swooping in to halt graduates from performing celebratory dances after receiving their diplomas. Parents and families, shocked and outraged, witnessed as their children were guided away from the stage amidst their jubilation.

One such video captures a particularly jarring scene: an officer tugging on a student's collar and another pulling at the back of a graduate’s gown. The sight of uniformed officers reining in these celebratory teenagers sparked anger and disbelief among the online community. A user commented, “You got police grabbing on these people's kids. This principal needs to be replaced immediately."

A chorus of criticism echoed through the comment section, urging the school to 'let them dance.' The notion that officials would attempt to quash this expression of joy at their own graduation was met with widespread disapproval. Commenters pointed out that for these students, graduating high school may be one of their most significant life accomplishments, making it an occasion for unrestrained celebration.

Despite the strict enforcement, a few spirited students continued to dance, a defiance that only added fuel to the escalating situation. An additional video from the event shows the school's principal interrupting the ceremony to scold the dancers, labelling the event as "dignified." In the midst of audience jeers, the principal remarked, “all those that want to dance can go sit with their parents."

While most supported the graduates' persistence, a few argued for decorum. As one user noted, overly exuberant celebrations can drown out other students' names and extend the event's duration. The debate raged on, one thing was clear: while it’s natural to express joy after a significant accomplishment, such as receiving a diploma, it's crucial to respect the shared significance of the day for every graduate.

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