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Land of the humorless

In the story I'm about to tell here, someone had some perspective and someone did not. I'll let you guess which is which.

Exhibit A is Chuck Shriner, a senior at Bishop Verot High in Fort Myers, Fla., who Tebowed briefly as he stepped up to receive his diploma. He did it, he says, on a bet from a classmate, and as way to make graduation "memorable."

Exhibit B is Bishop Verot's principal and Shriner's mother, a math teacher at the school. At the request of the latter, the principal temporarily withheld Shriner's diploma -- and Shriner had to clean the gymnasium as punishment.

If you're saying Shriner had the proper perspective and Shriner's mom and principal did not, you win the prize (a hearty "Way to go").

I mean, for heaven's sake. Graduation is supposed to be a joyous occasion. More to the point, it's supposed to be about the kids, not the grownups. And Shriner's gesture seems like a pretty harmless bit of lighthearted fun to me.

But, nooooo. Along comes Dean Wormer and his sidekick, good old Mom (and what a humorless Grinch she must be, selling out her own kid like that), deciding there'll be no more fun of any kind at this here graduation.

Sheesh. Really, people?

Reminds me of a similar situation at my niece's graduation from a local high school that will remain nameless. The principal, a similarly lighthearted type, sternly warned the graduates that any display of inappropriate giddiness, up to and including the traditional flinging of their caps into the air, would result in the offenders' diplomas being held up.

Really? Really?

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