Blair Hornstine, who sued to remain sole valedictorian of her New Jersey high school, will skip graduation ceremonies. She’s wildly unpopular in town, since she’s still suing the district for $2.7 million. It’s likely she would have been jeered and booed if she’d tried to speak; at the very least, classmates would have turned their backs. Not showing up is a sign of intelligence.
My daughter was booed — by one boy — when she gave the graduation speech at her high school commencement. He was angry that her speech had been chosen over his by a student-teacher committee. (There’s no valedictorian: Too many kids have perfect grades.) His parents, both teachers, had raised a big fuss, but the committee stood firm, even though many of the students had the boy’s father as a teacher. So did Allison, who got a lower grade than she’d expected. At any rate, the boy booed, dishonoring himself. Allison ignored him, and gave her speech. Nobody filed a lawsuit.