Past graduations at Riverwood were held in the gym. When that could no longer hold the families and friends, the graduations moved to the stadium. If one wonders why that failed, just imagine three hours on a late-May afternoon sitting in the unforgiving heat and humidity. The wise course of action was to find a hall with enough seating at the right price — and a church sanctuary was the solution.
I get it. It’s a public school holding an event in a tabernacle. The U.S. Constitution spells out there needs to be a separation of church and state, but if this is a covert attempt to circumvent the spirit of this great nation, you’re going to have to prove it.
Do virtually anything and someone’s knickers will twist. The president got a pure-bred dog for his kids and we heard from the animal shelters. Arrest an illegal alien — pardon me, an undocumented worker — and the immigration advocates swing into action. Second-guessing and bellyaching have become as ingrained in our DNA as baseball and apple pie.
Mummers like Mr. Lynn and his merry band create a squall of nonsense that often distracts from what matters. A high school graduation is an opportunity to celebrate a rite of passage for young people and their academic achievements. If I were king we’d graduate all of our children in the grandest theatrical hall in town.
Are we trading away their constitutional rights? Hardly. Instead, we’re teaching that all should approach our Constitution with equal parts scholarship, common sense and good humor. We’re showing them that sometimes finding a solution to a problem requires a wee bit of compromise.
And perchance they have learned than a banana is a swell piece of fruit that should never be taken seriously.
Jim Osterman lives in Sandy Springs. Reach him at email@example.com