Indianapolis Public Schools officials want quieter, more solemn graduation ceremonies this year -- and they plan to kick out parents or relatives who cheer while graduates' names are read.
IPS Superintendent Dr. Eugene White said the new guidelines will help restore decorum to the ceremonies and ensure that every graduate's name can be heard.
In a letter to parents, White said graduation is not a pep rally or party.
Thirty school police officers will attend graduation ceremonies to enforce the rules. Three people were removed from a graduation at Arsenal Tech on Friday.
"They cursed us and cursed the officers who were there," said Steve Garner, IPS' police chief. "They weren't happy about leaving. They didn't offer any physical resistance ... Generally, we train our officers not to use force if they don't have to."
Parents can still cheer for graduates when they enter and exit the graduation ceremony, but some said the new policy will take the excitement and fun out of graduation.
The new policy also asks parents not to bring balloons, toys or other gifts to the ceremony.
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