Ugh that this has become national news, but it has. Front page of Foxnews.com:
“Once a Marine, always a Marine” apparently doesn’t apply at a Pennsylvania high school where a 17-year-old graduate has been told she cannot wear her uniform when she receives her diploma.
Lindsay Starr told KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh she wanted to wear her dress blues during Friday’s graduation ceremony at North Allegheny High School in Pittsburgh, but that school officials denied her request, citing the requirement of wearing only the traditional cap and gown.
“I’m just trying to show pride in what I belong to now,” she told the station. “I belong to the United States Marine Corps as a 17-year-old. Like, c’mon, now.”
Everything I am about to write following the forthcoming colon is written under the assumption that she is allowed to wear her dress blues UNDER her cap and gown.
If she is prohibited from wearing her dress blues UNDER her cap and gown, that’s just a stupid rule and PBTHH! to North Allegheny High School and I fart in your general direction. Toot.
Here comes the colon: <—– COLON!
I have never been in the military, but it seems to me that everything I’ve ever learned about being in the military includes a lot of this — RULE FOLLOWING.
You don’t have to like the rules. But you have to FOLLOW the rules.
At least that’s what the movies would lead me to believe and everything in the movies is real, right? Someday my own personal Falcore will come and we’ll go a-flying, right?
Something like God, country, corp, and rules, right?
Wasn’t that in A Few Good Men?
I’m teasing of course. Making light of a serious thing. I’ve been known to do that. It doesn’t mean I don’t take the issue seriously.
My point is that a marine of all people should understand that rules are rules and if they bend the rules for her, then they’ll be forever receiving requests for not only military uniforms, but volunteer firefighting uniforms, and Eagle Scout uniforms, and before you know it, colorguard wants to wear colorguard uniforms and the Trekkies really want to show up in THEIR dress blues. Or reds. Or whatever the heck Trekkies wear when they’re fighting for the … um … galaxy? I need to brush up on my nerd. Or is it geek? Dork?
I don’t think the school district should bend the rules. I think Lindsay should show up in her dress blues and throw a cap and gown on and then afterwards proudly take pictures in those dress blues.
She’s going to be a marine. She’s going to hopefully spend her whole life getting pats on the back from people like me who understand that she’s making a sacrifice for me and you and you and your children. Maybe this is one time to be one of the crowd. To say, “I’m one of you, but underneath this cap and gown, I’m a little bit more. But as a marine, I understand that the rules have to be followed.”
Pride doesn’t always have to be shouted. Sometimes, it can be heard without you even saying a word.
That’s my opinion.
What do you guys think?