Under pressure following this story hitting the national media, North Allegheny relented and told the young Marine (I realize now that should be capitalized. Sorry,
soldiers men? Marines? I GIVE UP!) she could wear her dress blues. Which in turn makes me wonder who called the local media about this in the first place. Has it come to that? We bump up against a rule we don’t like, or a ruling based on that rule that we don’t agree with, and immediately call WTAE? I’m not saying it was Lindsay or her family. It could have been another parent or a school board member, or member of the armed forces who didn’t agree with the decision. This really seemed a knee-jerk WHAT’S THE NUMBER FOR KDKA reaction.
Despite that pressured reversal, following a chat with another Marine, Lindsay Starr has agreed that she should just wear the cap and gown:
Marine Sgt. Lynn Kinney said she had a heartfelt talk with Starr, 17, who is working at the recruiting station during a 10-day leave.
“We talked about what it means to be a Marine and understand policy and support government decisions,” Kinney said. “She understands.”
I’ve enjoyed reading the views in the comments to the original post. Feel free to keep commenting with your opinions on the matter.
It’s interesting that the armed forces members who have commented thus far have indicated that they believe that Sgt. Starr should don the cap and gown, but the Trib featured these:
The school’s original decision incensed local veterans. Ron Conley, director of Allegheny County Veterans Services, said he was “appalled.”
After the reversal, Conley said, “It was the right decision.”
“It is a patriotic school,” he noted. “They do participate in Veterans Day events and the Junior ROTC.”
Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Paul Kennedy is the American Legion district commander for the 32nd District, which includes Wexford.
“If that was my daughter or son, I’d be proud,” said Kennedy of Ross, who served in Vietnam and Iraq.
But no one is saying she shouldn’t be proud or that her family shouldn’t be proud. They SHOULD be proud. Look at what she’s done with her life already!
That’s not it at all. It’s about DISPLAYING the pride in an occasion-appropriate fashion.
Like I wrote in the original post, you don’t always have to shout it.