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High school senior forms petition with over ONE THOUSAND signatures against Michele Obama speaking at their high school graduation 'because it would overshadow the students' big day'

    Taylor Gifford, 18, started an online petition on Thursday with over 1,200 signatures asking that Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation
    Obama's speech is tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools
    Some students feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments and others feel limited seating will be a problem


If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.

For others, it was the notion that Obama's speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student's big day.

'I'm a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,' said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. 'I've told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They've taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn't know our kids.'

Hernandez was among the parents and students who spoke Thursday at a school board meeting and urged district officials to reconsider their decision to invite Obama. Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for the Topeka school district, said Friday discussions were under way to work out the logistics and planning for the event, including how many tickets each family would be allotted.

'We will have a clearer picture of what's going on,' Harbaugh said.

Harbaugh said officials asked the president or first lady to speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation. The district plans to place a priority on seating students and their families, and could broadcast the event to an overflow room at a hotel adjacent to the graduation arena for those unable to find a seat inside.

That's not good enough for Taylor Gifford, 18, who started an online petition on Thursday evening to urge the district to reconsider its plans. She and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Obama's visit would limit the seating options for family and friends.




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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2014, 12:37:29 PM »
So, who will they request who knows all of their kids, if that's so important to them. But I wonder how many of those whom are so opposed are afraid to really say what their true intentions are. Only a coward would be so dishonest. Why throw stones and attempt to hide your hands!



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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2014, 05:13:21 PM »
'87, reading is fundamental.  She is not speaking to just one class.  They are combining five schools into one graduation.  That means fewer guests per student.  I doubt there would be this much blow back if she was speaking to just one school.

I'm glad to see high school students organizing and coming together for a noble cause.
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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2014, 05:34:20 PM »
What. pray tell, makes it noble?  :popcorn:

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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2014, 06:10:14 PM »
Yawn!  Dumbass I read it. So who is gonna know every child from these schools personally. Your incessant licking and kissing of everythang Caucasian Eurocentric arse is hilarious. Yet you refuse to answer my question. Your soul is hopeless.



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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2014, 07:49:13 PM »
You are the dumbass.  Reading is Fundamental.  Where in the OP does anyone say she has to know every child? 

It is noble that they are exercising their rights.  They aren't hurting anyone in the process.
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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2014, 10:36:12 PM »
The slave once again is happy and praising what his master does. Never fails. So sad.
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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2014, 07:38:32 AM »
You are the dumbass.  Reading is Fundamental.  Where in the OP does anyone say she has to know every child? 

It is noble that they are exercising their rights.  They aren't hurting anyone in the process.

Yeah, it is fundamental.  Moron, read what Ms. Hernandez actually said.....
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'I'm a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,' said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. 'I've told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They've taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn't know our kids.'

Thus, based on Ms. Hernandez perspective, the commencement speaker should at a minimum know every child who is graduating, else her point is moot, just like your monkeyass........



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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2014, 08:59:29 AM »
for any group to protest the speaking of any Flotus at a high school in Topeka Kansas at the anniversity of Brown Vs. topeka board of education is asinine.   Any Y is a "so called black man"--  Don't even know the importance of his own history.

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Re: 1200 High School Students Sign Petition to BLOCK FLOTUS From Speaking
« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2014, 09:58:37 AM »
This is an online petition.  I seriously doubt even hald of those signatures are from students.

 

 

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