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High school teacher Marybeth Verani refuses to honor her students enlisting in the military

June 15, 2010 |  3:34 pm

Afghanistan a US sentry on duty

Happy high school graduation time around the country these days. Young people heading out to new lives, including some who have chosen to volunteer to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

Up in Massachusetts at Dennis Yarmouth Regional High School they even had a special assembly moment to honor the six graduating seniors who'd voluntarily signed up to serve their country.

The audience gave them a cheering, whistling standing ovation. But not Marybeth Verani. One of the school's teachers.

Verani refused to applaud. Instead she waved an "End War" sign. And sat down. Apparently not the only New England school teachers moving against the U.S. military.

Teacher Verani explains herself by saying she was showing the newly-enlisted students "how to dissent."

Her actions incited some local anger. Students said Verani has long made her anti-military views well-known in class. But some still said they were stunned by the disrespect toward their personal choices, though they're proud to be defending the teacher's right to dissent against those personal choices.

WBZ-TV has the surprising video here.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times (U.S. sentry on duty in Afghanistan).