High school graduate Jacob Dalton Stanley graduated early so that he could join the Marines with the plan to come home for graduation. He was warned before the ceremony that he would not be allowed to participate unless he agreed not to wear his uniform. Stanley persisted and wore his uniform and not only was he not allowed on the stage, they even refused to call out his name as a graduate. Unfortunately, the snowflakes in charge of schools, colleges and universities are flaming liberals and the sight of a military uniform sends them scampering to their safe spaces.
When he practiced the event with his friends, he was reportedly told by high school Principal Chip Pettit the he would not be allowed to wear his uniform at the graduation ceremony.
NBC Chicago reports that he wore his uniform anyway, and was barred from walking.
Pettit seemed sympathetic to the anger at the school for what happened, but stood behind the “camp and gown only” style of policy.
“This tradition is not intended to be disrespectful to students, parents, or our community, but as a source of pride for our students,” Pettit said according the Northwest Indiana Times. “It is also not intended to be disrespectful to our students choosing to serve in the military, our active duty servicemen and women, and our veterans.”
Just because a certain thing isn’t “intended” to be disrespectful or offensive, does not mean that it is not, and a great number of students disagree with Pettit’s opinion, including fellow former student Leann Tustison.
“It’s unacceptable that he was not allowed to walk across the stage,” Tustison said, according to the Northwest Indiana Times.
“If he wants to walk across the stage in his uniform that he worked so hard for and earned, he should have the right to do that. That’s his achievement. They honored other people’s achievements whether they were in triathlon or other activities.”