Parents miss graduation after ceremony moved into smaller venue - WKRN News 2

Parents miss graduation after ceremony moved into smaller venue

Posted: Updated: June 3, 2013 05:28 PM
LEBANON, Tenn. -

Some Lebanon High families missed watching their seniors graduate this past Saturday.

School officials said they had to improvise due to approaching storms.

Jesse Scott graduated from that night, but neither his mother or aunt could see him walk the stage after driving all the way from Florida.

"I was a little upset. Shaking. I don't know who all was in the gym I was just hoping that someone clapped for my son when his name was called," said Laurie Vinson, Jesse's mother.

"I was torn. Do I stay? Are we going to see anything? This is crazy. Sitting for an hour and a half and there is nothing," said Kathy Snyder, Jesse's aunt.

The graduation was supposed to take place outside at the football stadium, but when bad weather moved in, the graduation was moved indoors to the auditorium with limited seating.

"We were told we have to leave. Too many people. Parents and grandparents were crying," Vinson explained.

Families who couldn't fit in the auditorium were sent to the cafeteria where the graduation is supposed to be playing on the monitor, which the women said was down much of the time.

"It kept losing the link. We have a blue screen and no volume," Vinson said.

Principal Myra Jane Sloan told Nashville's News 2 that the plan was always to be outside, that there was no other plan except to wait out the storm. Then at the last moment, everything changed.

"This is the most memorable day of a child's life. We have put so much care into this day," Sloan said.

"Mr. Davis, Director of Schools, and the sheriff and I consulted and decision was made to have it indoors, and we love our kids and love our parents and we apologize for any inconvenience. For any parent who did not see their child graduate we apologize from bottom of our heart," she continued.

Mike Davis, the Director of Schools of Wilson County, told Nashville's News 2 that safety was paramount, and moving people inside was the only plan that made sense.

"It's a milestone. You can't get it back," Vinson added.

Davis noted that the graduation ceremony was taped and all graduate families will be offered a tape of the proceedings at no charge.

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