School on Memorial Day: Denham Springs dad protests to show concerns

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POSTED: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 2:13pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 3:43pm

Many school students had the day off today, but classes were in session in Livingston Parish. I caught up with one parent who says, his kid shouldn't have been in class because it's disrespectful.

"This country is what it is because people have been willing to sacrifice for it, and today, Livingston Parish School District is spitting in the face or every veteran of this country, whether they're alive or dead," said the veteran.

This dad did not want to be identified, but had no problem protesting on the side of North Range Ave., across from Denham Springs High School. He said this story is not about him. It's about respect.

He's mad his son is taking final exams on Memorial Day.

"My wife and I assumed that he was going back to school Tuesday, and he let us know last night that he had an exam today. It actually caused an argument because I was you know I was, there's no way you're going to school, it's Memorial Day!" said the veteran.

He served in the United States Marine Corps.

"I really don't know how to express how angry I am about this," he said.

He set up shop. He put up signs because he wants the Livingston Parish School Board to know he's upset, and feels like keeping schools open on Memorial Day shows a total lack of respect.

"I'm upset about it. I didn't figure going into the school and throwing a fit would do anything but get me in trouble," he said. "So, I parked across the street and made some signs and I just want people to understand, to ask 'why?'"

The Livingston Parish School Assistant Superintendent said they had no choice. Extra state accountability testing and graduation schedules forced the school system to push back the school year.

"Mardi Gras was important enough for them to have two days off, and yet the day that's set aside to honor the men and women that have died for this country, aren't important enough to give these kids a day off from school to honor them?"

This dad hopes the people who saw him protesting will see his side of the story.

"Maybe I can open some eyes. Maybe enough people will see it so that at the next school board meeting, we can make sure that this doesn't happen again," he said.

The School System officials we talked with said there's no disrespect intended. They said Livingston Parish students, teachers, and parents have known about the school calendar all year long.

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PS: My grandson graduated from Denham Springs High School. I consider it extremely disrespectful to his memory. He served his country and paid the ultimate sacrifice. You honored him as his casket passed your school when he was laid to rest, but you don't show any respect for him on Memorial Day. I am outraged!!!

Vetsneedcare person, just to let you know my grandson was killed in Iraq at age 20. He had a good education and he volunteered to go there. He explained to us that he was proud to go and and he believed what he was doing would make a difference. He died for a reason he believed in. How disrespectful of you to insinuate that it was for no reason. Do not try to speak for the rest of the veterans or those who have died. You should just HONOR them for their service and death.

Vetsneedcare person, just to let you know my grandson was killed in Iraq at age 20. He had a good education and he volunteered to go there. He explained to us that he was proud to go and and he believed what he was doing would make a difference. He died for a reason he believed in. How disrespectful of you to insinuate that it was for no reason. Do not try to speak for the rest of the veterans or those who have died. You should just HONOR them for their service and death.

So they get Mardi Gras off but not memorial Day ? What a bunch of rednecks down there. We'll take days off to drink but not to remember those who have died in battle.

Feel free to let the school board know how you feel. http://www.lpsb.org/district/school_board_meetings/school_board_members

Feel free to let the school board know how you feel. http://www.lpsb.org/district/school_board_meetings/school_board_members

Who cares? The whole holiday should really be celebrate the rich people who helped start many of the wars and profited off them while young people went off to die or get severe physical and mental trauma for absolutely no reason. These young people come back and idiots like this devolve into meaningless gestures to pleasure themselves while the vets don't get care, housing, jobs, etc. that they need and will never get it. Kids need education so we don't have anymore pointless wars!

My dad's only brother, a Marine, died at age 19 on Okinawa. My oldest grandson is now a Marine. I am sick that the parish I love does not observe this occasion. They stated that they celebrate Veterans Day, for which they should. But NEVER forget those that sacrificed their very lives for us.

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