04/18/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Topeka, Kansas – Several families in Kansas’ capital city have voiced complaints over First Lady Michelle Obama being invited to speak at the Topeka school district’s high school graduation next month. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), more than 1,200 people have signed an online petition asking the district to reconsider their choice due to the possibility of Obama’s visit limiting seating options for the families of graduating students.

Taylor Gifford, 18, who started the petition is quoted by the AP as stating of the issue, “People think it’s a great opportunity, but it’s the graduates’ time. They are getting that diploma that they worked so hard for… Families are feeling that they are being cheated out of the loved ones special day.”

Several parents and students spoke at a school board meeting on Thursday about Obama’s invite. A spokesman for the district said Friday that seating and other plans for the event were being discussed. The First Lady’s speech is set to be a tie in to the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed school segregation.

This report is provided by Justice News Flash – Kansas Legal News

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