Graduation disruption riles some Maine parents

Posted June 16, 2009, at 10:55 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Some parents are calling for a review of commencement policies after disruptions marred the traditional pomp and circumstance at Bonny Eagle High School’s graduation.

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Friday’s commencement at the Cumberland County Civic Center included the bouncing of a giant inflatable rubber duck in the air and a crackdown by school administrators.

One student was kicked out and a diploma withheld from another. Several parents said some audience members booed and shouted at administrators.

The superintendent of SAD 6, Suzanne Lukas, would not discuss specific students or disciplinary action but said she simply enforced the rules that each student was expected to read and sign beforehand.