So far there are over 1,200 signatures asking Michelle Obama not speak at Topeka High School graduation… Obama’s speech is related to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools and some students, an parents feel that the speech would overshadow student accomplishments.
An uproar over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced that Michelle would address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month in an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate, for others, the question was more about why Michelle was speaking at a graduation she has no relation to, and taking away from the students big day… I have no doubt that Obamacare will be the main topic!
Ms. Hernandez was one of the parents who spoke at a school board meeting and urged district officials to reconsider their decision for Michelle Obama to speak. Hernandez was quoted as saying: ‘I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,’ said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. ‘I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.” Michelle being there will take away from the families and students big day, the security procedures alone will cause havoc!
Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for the Topeka school district, said discussions were under way to work out the logistics and planning for the event, including how many tickets each family would be allotted since Michelle speaking would mean more seating needed; ‘We will have a clearer picture of what’s going on,’ Harbaugh said. Harbaugh said officials asked that Barack or Michelle speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation; apparently, students and parents would rather they not.
Some people think bringing in the Obama’s politicizes the graduation, which it does. Others have suggested that if Michelle wants to address Brown anniversary, she could just visit the historic site that commemorates the decision, which is just few blocks from the graduation venue rather than take away from the students on their special day; in other words – STAY AWAY!