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Florida parents outraged over $200 “preferred seating” charge at H.S. graduation

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By, Heather Warner

A lot of teens are gearing up for their graduation as the school year winds down. But, at one Florida high school, excitement for that day is being overshadowed by a new policy that has people outraged.

The new policy at Manatee High School means parents will be charged to see their children graduate. If they want a good view,  it’s gonna cost them a 200 dollar “premium” seating charge. On top of that, every student is also required to pay a twenty dollar fee to participate in the event.

“200 dollars is a lot of money for a preferred seating, you know?  Is my child more important than yours?  What’s the real deal,” says Mayu Fielding who’s child attends Manatee High.  Another parent, Jennifer Brantley wants a review of the school’s finances and adds, “I think that’s ridiculous.  It should be free.  I mean, it’s sad if you wouldn’t be able to bring all your family members with you.”

The district  points out other high schools in Manatee County are already charging graduation fees, adding that the school will waive the twenty-dollar charge for students with financial needs.  But–that 200 dollar preferred seating price will still stand.

So, what do you think of these graduation fees? Do the parents have a right to be outraged?


  • Fenris

    It's disgusting. Poor kids & parents have equal right to come early and get the best seats for graduation and not be relegated to the back just because they don't have as much money as other people.

  • TheOpinionatedOne

    Students and parents should boycott this event. Just mail the diplomas to students. Why is the high school trying to profit from this special event in the students' lives? Makes one wonder what is going on behind the scenes, doesn't it?

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