CROWN POINT — David Warne, president of the Crown Point School Board, sent this statement from the board on Friday in response to a student showing up to his Crown Point High School graduation last Tuesday in his Marine dress blues and being turned away. Here is the full statement:
“The Crown Point School Corp., including its Board members and administration, honors and has great respect for all of the military personal who enlist, serve and sacrifice for our country. The policies and procedures set in place regarding the Crown Point graduation ceremonies are steeped in tradition and intended to honor and recognize students with academic achievement, honor society membership, and military service. Military personnel are honored by name and rank upon their names being announced. Military personnel are permitted to wear uniforms covered in traditional cap and gown during commencement.
“The School Board is not aware of previous circumstances where these permissions have not satisfied the desires of any student who has enlisted and intends to serve our great military post graduation. For over 135 years, the traditions of Crown Point High School graduation ceremonies have been respected by our administrative officials, students, and the community.
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"Based upon the facts and circumstances as presented to school administration involving this particular matter, the Crown Point School Board unanimously supports the position and decision made by Principal Chip Pettit, Superintendent Teresa Eineman, and other administration officials. The decision was not intended to disrespect veterans who served our country in the past or those who intend to serve our military in the future.
“Crown Point School Corp. and its administrators have been large supporters of the military programs within its schools and the involvement of military recruiters in our school corporation for many years. The School Board members will see that the Crown Point School Corp.’s support of our military will continue well into the future.”