Students Miss School to Attend Giants Victory Parade

By Cody Duane-McGlashan

The San Francisco Giants celebrated their second World Series win in three years with a victory parade on October 31, an event many students skipped school to attend.

“Unfortunately, we were not able to excuse [the absences] because it was not a recognized absence for the State of California,” attendance clerk Johnnie Daniel said, “I personally didn’t feel that it was fair to the many students who wanted to go to the parade but came to school anyway, when other students were excused by parents,” she added.

Classes were so empty that some teachers cancelled planned lessons due to the absences.

The rampant absences frustrated Daniel. “While many parents excused their students for the day for illness, many more did not. “We hoped that our parent community would be truthful,” she said, “which is setting a good example for their student.”

“I didn’t miss any schoolwork,” junior Sofi Aubin-Pouliot, who attended the parade, said. “My mom was okay with me going.”

The parade brought at least 1 million people to San Francisco and overwhelmed public transportation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Tam students were eager to take advantage of the chance to celebrate a local baseball team, regardless of the consequences.