Maine official speaks to graduation disruption

Posted June 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m.

BUXTON, Maine — Superintendent Suzanne Lukas of Maine School Administrative District 6 calls it a clash of values over what a commencement ceremony should be.

Lukas, speaking Monday night, addressed parents and students upset by the administration’s crackdown at the Bonny Eagle High School graduation on June 12.

One student was denied his diploma and a second student was escorted from the Cumberland County Civic Center.

Some parents have been critical of how discipline was handled. Lukas said she was simply applying the rules.

WCSH-TV reports that the school board voted to hold a performance appraisal of the superintendent.