Hundreds of people attended a Capistrano Unified School District board of Trustees meeting May 21 that was primarily closed session. The closed session lasted more than four hours while trustees discussed the personnel files of former principal Mike Halt with an attorney. Photo: Eric Heinz
Hundreds of people attended a Capistrano Unified School District board of Trustees meeting May 21 that was primarily closed session. The closed session lasted more than four hours while trustees discussed the personnel files of former principal Mike Halt with an attorney. Photo: Eric Heinz

By Amanda Huffman

San Clemente High School’s Class of 2015 recently petitioned in support of Principal Michael Halt, in hopes of having Capistrano Unified School District reinstating him, particularly so he could be the official to shake their hands during the graduation ceremony.

Students have showed their support for Halt in a number of ways, the release stated, including painting their car windows and wearing “I Like Mike” T-shirts and buttons.

Most recently, students created a petition to pass around to their fellow seniors. For three days, seniors collected about 350 signatures for their petition.

The list of signatures was sent to the SC Times and DP Times on June 1 via email.

In the event that Halt is not allowed to attend graduation, parents of the seniors have sent a letter to The Pentagon asking Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. to take his place at the ceremony because he “possesses the same leadership qualities that Mike Halt possesses: honor, integrity, discipline, and remarkable character,” the letter stated.

The CUSD Board of Trustees was set to meet 4:30 p.m. Thursday (after press time) in closed and open sessions to discuss Halt’s position with the district.

 

 

 

 

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