High school bows to student, community pressure on graduation memorial | #students | #parents


PRINCE GEORGE — The county school superintendent said Thursday a seat will be left open during next week’s high-school graduation ceremony for a student who died of cancer right before the start of the school year.

However, Thursday afternoon’s announcement also came with an apparent scolding of the student backers for Nicholas Coleman’s honor, saying that the “proper path” for requesting the honor was not through news-media reports and social-media posts to drive more community support.

“We appreciate our students’ support of their fellow students and their families,” the statement from school superintendent Dr. Lisa Pennycuff said. “Students are encouraged to express their thoughts through the avenues made available to them through the high school’s administrative team, and their elected class and student government officers.”



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