Last year, we attended Buena High School's graduation. While it was a lovely ceremony, with many hours put into its planning, preparation and culmination, unfortunately it was badly disrupted.
The ceremony was marred by people who chose to blow air horns, stomp up and down and yell. We were unable to hear much of what was being said during the ceremony. What should have been an experience celebrating a milestone in these young adults' lives degenerated into an atmosphere that was more like a football game.
At one point we asked the man in front of us to stop blowing his air horn so that we could hear our son's name called. He did comply, but we missed quite a few of his friends’ names. We're sure most parents waited 13 years to hear their child's name called, only to have the two seconds it takes to announce it smothered by the din of multiple noisemakers and yelling people.
We hope this letter will make people stop and think so that the family and friends of this year's graduating class will have a more enjoyable ceremony.
— David & Pat Allen, Ventura