My family recently attended the commencement exercise at Burlingame High School to witness the graduation of my grandson. My daughter and grandson reside in Hillsborough. We were impressed with the organization of the event, the student speakers and the Burlingame High School band. Please pass on my sincere compliments to the high school staff.
Unfortunately, this joyous event was marred by school board Trustee Marc Friedman’s speech that was completely out of line, hateful and frankly cowardly for this kind of affair by an official of the district. Disgracefully, Friedman disrespected the president in front of 350 plus graduates and thousands of family and friends by claiming the president was a liar numerous times in his speech.
There were boos, yells and horns blaring, protesting his comments from the graduates and audience. Sadly, there was no opportunity to debate his comments as these kinds of hacks choose settings like this to spew their hateful politics.
Friedman showed extremely poor judgment and presence of mind in representing the district at this event. Conversely, the student and other speakers showed prudence in their presentations with traditional interesting and inspirational words to graduates.
We hope Friedman’s conduct does not represent the district. Regardless of political affiliation, relatives don’t want people like him influencing our young people. In our view, he should be disciplined and suspended from representing the district in future events.