On Thursday, TheBlaze reported on a U.S. Marine graduating early from Crown Point High School in Indiana.
School administrators will not allow Private First Class Jacob Stanley to wear his uniform at their commencement ceremony on Tuesday. Stanley graduated in December and recently completed boot camp.
TheBlaze has more details from the Northwest Indiana Times.
But Principal Chip Pettit reportedly told Stanley that he wouldn’t be allowed to wear his uniform at the ceremony, the Times said. Stanley reportedly got more than a few calls and texts from friends who encouraged him to wear it anyway and take pride in it, the paper said — and that’s just what Stanley did.
However, when Stanley showed up for commencement in his dress blues, the Times said he was turned away. While his name was listed in the graduation program, the paper said school officials didn’t read his name along with his fellow graduates.
While talking to a local radio station, Pettit mentioned support for the military but defended his decision of the cap and grown tradition for all students.
“This tradition is not intended to be disrespectful to students, parents, or our community, but as a source of pride for our students. 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.”
As expected, some students told the Indiana Times he deserved to wear his uniform. However, Stanley proved he is a true gentleman in this released statement.
“I don’t want the social media controversy that is drawing attention away from the Class of 2017. I also do not want to make any additional statements and wish to put this all behind me so I can start my career in the Marine Corps.”
Although I thought it was absurd to prevent him wearing his uniform, his statement showed his great character and professional behavior.
I believe anyone who serves this country has the right to wear their uniform at any high school commencement. They are some of the most selfless, honorable people putting their lives on the line to protect us.
And for that, I am forever grateful for Stanley, those currently serving, and veterans who served this great country. What do you think about this story? Comment below and let us know.
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