Parents, grandparents of McKeesport students upset, saying they couldn't watch graduation in person



McKEESPORT, Pa. - Channel 11 got calls from upset parents and grandparents in the McKeesport School District Thursday night, saying they didn’t see their children graduate in person.

“After you charged me to come in, why did I have to watch it from a screen?” said grandparent Donna Butler.

The district made the decision to move the ceremony indoors earlier Wednesday due to wet weather.  Families were notified around noon.

A school official told Channel 11’s Pamela Osborne that a packet of information explaining what would happen in this situation went out to parents.

“They had the ability to buy alternate seating, and they knew this way in advance,” said Kristen Davis from the district.

Two tickets per student were provided for the auditorium, where the graduation took place.

“There were so many seats in there.  They could have asked parents or grandparents if they wanted to go in,” said a parent.

Those who didn’t get into the auditorium purchased $3 tickets and watched from monitors in the school’s cafeteria and gymnasium.