Ohio School Withholds Diploma Because of Cheering

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A suburban Cincinnati high school is withholding a graduate's diploma and requiring community service as punishment for what it describes as overly boisterous cheering by his family during his graduation ceremony.

Mount Healthy City Schools Superintendent Lori Handler said families agree to avoid ceremony disruptions. She says they are unfair to others who want to hear their students' names called and then cheered.

She says the extended cheering for football player Anthony
Cornist disrupted the May 24 ceremony.

His mother, Traci Cornist, says the cheering wasn't unusually
loud or disruptive. She says her son shouldn't be penalized for his
family and friends cheering.

The school says he has legally graduated, but it's requiring 20
hours of community service by him or his family before handing over
his diploma.


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