The instant I heard the story of King Philip High School and its two graduating West Point-bound seniors, I knew that it would eventually have a happy ending. The lines were too clearly drawn, the outrage too widespread, the opportunity far too great for politicians to ignore. The superintendant’s refusal to allow the United States Military Academy to send a representative to formally accept William Small and Jeffrey Chin as cadets at the awards banquet would, in the end, lead to far greater accolades to these outstanding young men.
And I was right. (I probably shoulda said so publicly, but I was still in full dudgeon and didn’t want to dampen the furor, even to the slight degree I might be able to.)
No, Chin and Small did not get honored at the Awards Ceremony. But the planned formal acceptance will take place at graduation this Saturday. But before then, Massachusetts’ Governor Mitt Romney will hold a special ceremony just to honor them today.
As is well and fit. West Point only accepts 1,300 cadets every year. For a school to have one of its graduates attend is a singular honor. But to have two is astonishing.
I would so very much not want to be Superintendant of Schools Richard Robbat right now. He won his battle, but it cost him huge amounts of good will. I strongly suspect the taxpayers of the district will be spending a lot of time talking to their school board members about his future, and quite frankly it looks bleak.