DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (CBS Houston) – A father protested his child’s school being open on Memorial Day calling it “disrespectful.”
The father did not want to be identified by name, but was across the street from Denham Springs High School angry that his son had to take final exams on Memorial Day.
“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,” the father who is also a veteran shared with WVLA.
The father, who served in the United States Marine Corps, put up signs because he wanted the Livingston Parish School Board to know he’s upset and feels like they are showing a total lack of respect by holding classes on Memorial Day.
“I really don’t know how to express how angry I am about this,” he said to WVLA. “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!”
The assistant superintendent for the Livingston Parish School explained that they didn’t have a choice because 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?” the dad asked WVLA. “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.”