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  •  I believe you were referring to this. (7+ / 0-)
    Michael’s graduation picture was taken in March 2014. Why so far ahead of the graduation date? The high school had only two graduation gowns, and they had to be shared by the entire class. Mark Sumner tells the story of Michael Brown’s high school on The Daily Kos, and it is heartbreaking.

    The grinding poverty in Mike’s world only allowed Normandy High School to acquire two graduation gowns to be shared by the entire class. The students passed a gown from one to the other. Each put the gown on, in turn, and sat before the camera to have their graduation photographs taken. Until it was Mike’s turn.

    http://dianeravitch.net/...

    So as you can see, it WAS for yearbook picture day---IN MARCH. NOT graduation day--IN AUGUST. The picture day gowns are "rentals" to be used by the entire graduating class.

    Like I said above, for my daughter's picture day, the school had about 15-20 gowns on hand for the girls and the same amount for the boys in a different color to use FOR PICTURES ONLY. But Michael's school only TWO gowns for both boys and girls for their pictures.

    Graduation Day caps and gowns are purchased by student's families. NOT by the school. So that is the picture you are seeing above. Of Michael Brown during his graduation…just days before he was murdered. The gown he's wearing was not school-issued.

    People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

    by WFBMM on Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 08:51:50 PM PDT

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    •  Ok...I was ready to apologize... (0+ / 0-)

      because I thought I did make a mistake. However, I went back and looked at the various diaries involved, and in the Kos diary, Pluto set the record straight. Because of accreditation and credit issues, many students such as MB were not ready to graduate at the regular time. The picture day was the only day that the graduating class was together in robes. Students were completing their coursework and being mailed diplomas over many, many months. Posters in the diary were all accepting that the only robes the students wore were on the picture day. If there was an official graduation day (Pluto indicates that there really wasn't one) it was without robes.

      The only bias I have is for the truth. I was quite ready and happy to admit that I had made a mistake, but I truly don't think I did.

      •  Well there seems to be a problem... (0+ / 0-)

        If this is true, I think some dissemination is in order. Because none of it makes sense. The least of which is the inference that somebody was dishonest about the school's inability to provide rental robes to the students for picture day.

        Either way, it still sounds like a lack of money issue, which lines up with what the article states. The tweet picture indicates an August graduation date.  I don't believe the financial issues stipulated before are untrue, so at worst, I think we could be dealing with (the tweet and the article) dates and/or logistics that are mixed up, but as far as the need and poverty of the situation, I don't doubt it. Do you?

        You say:

        I was quite ready and happy to admit that I had made a mistake, but I truly don't think I did.
        So you are sticking to your original inference---that some untruth was being told about the the robes? Or am I misunderstanding you?

        People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. --V for Vendetta

        by WFBMM on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 01:26:47 AM PDT

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