I guess Albuquerque's Bernalillo High School graduation is over now, since it was scheduled for last night, but if the details I've seen online are true, then I am hopping mad about what the school's principal did to graduating senior, Cynthia Banuelos. According to reports, Principal Janelle Taylor Garcia, said by local Hispanic students to single them out for harassment, was refusing to allow Cynthia to walk across the stage, saying she failed an online math course. It sounds as though Cynthia and her family were planning to attend the ceremony anyway. I'm anxious to know the outcome.
Cynthia's family is said to have a transcript showing an A in the math course, which basically makes sense because Cynthia is reported to be an honor student with a full scholarship to the University of New Mexico. Bigger than the debate over her math grade, however, is the question around the school's supposed policy of not allowing a student with an F to walk across the stage to accept an earned diploma. Is this for real? Or just for the school's Hispanic population? Has it been consistently applied? Way to go, Principal Garcia and school board! In demeaning and alienating this outstanding student, you have hopefully opened yourselves up to one heck of a lawsuit.
In traveling around the US, I am always amazed and somewhat surprised by local attitudes and customs tucked away in various corners of the country. I had no idea of Latina on Latina harassment until reading the blog post below. Take a look at the comments beneath the post and you will gain some additional insight into this situation.
Let's hope some mighty pressure comes down on the school district as a result. It sounds like a major house cleaning is in order, starting with Garcia.
The New York Daily News is collecting homemade fly-by photos in commemoration of the infamous and incredibly stupid recent buzzing of lower Manhattan. I perused my flickr pics and found one that seemed worthy, so here it is. You'll find some 400+ clever PhotoShopped pics at the link above.
Too bad I drive a fairly small vehicle, otherwise this cool chair would be mine right now. One reason I like rooting through Goodwill is that I usually find something that reminds me of the '50s and '60s. We had a couple chairs like this in a big, old house on 2nd Avenue in Terre Haute.
This chair was in great condition, seeming to need only a good cleaning. The bowling ball looked a little retro, too, so I didn't bother moving it for this pic. Only $14.99 at the Naperville Goodwill ... can you believe it for a chair like this? I'll have to send a link to Atomic Indy, a fun, interesting and sometimes dramatic blog chronicling the adventures of an advertising exec smack in the midst of a mid-century modern renovation in Indianapolis. He posts a lot of interesting finds.