West Point grad sparks controversy by getting caught texting during graduation march

West Point grad sparks controversy by getting caught texting during graduation march
Anyone graduating West Point is supposed to be disciplined. After all, the school was founded by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. While neither of them have a sold out Broadway show named after them, they both were important names in American History. With an acceptance rate of 9%, getting into the school requires one to be motivated and poised.

So this is why there has been a controversy over a female West Point graduate who was participating in the graduation march with the rest of the class. But, instead of standing erect while marching, in the traditional military manner, this grad had a more modern pose. She had her smartphone out, head down, eyes focused on the screen while her thumbs typed away at the text she was sending.

The unidentified graduate's texting set off a flurry of protests from those who felt that she was being disrespectful to the traditions of the 214 year-old school. Perhaps she needs to adjust the greyscale on her phone.

If you click on the video below, you'll find the texting grad 50 seconds into the clip.



source: NYPost via WashingtonPost

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30 Comments

1. Furbal unregistered

She is going to get torn apart by her commanding officer

2. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I'm curious if any civilians leap to her defense. Nobody who's with a uniform will.

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Doesn't matter who leaps for her defense, she clearly failed the most important part of her training .... the discipline, so clearly she shouldn't be allowed to graduate. She will be lucky to walk out of there (hopefully not texting) without serious repercussions.

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

being discipline doesn't mean you own't make a bad decision. She is human after-all. Personally she should give a rats @$$ what anyone thinks, because I wouldn't either. Some of the same fools talkign about her, text while driving, crossing streets, crossing train tracks and more. At least where she is texting right now won't get her killed.

9. andynaija

Posts: 1253; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

There is a time and a place for everything. To use her phone (texting, calling, Snapchatting etc.), during an important march, was not wise in any way, no matter how you try to twist the situation.

11. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I agree. How would it look if I started texting at a job interview? You just don't do it.

13. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Are you really that dumb to text during a March? Not just any March, but a graduation March of one of the top military academy in the states. "People should not take a leak on public subways", the person taking a leak shouldn't care what others think just like you said, the next thing you know, he get caught and stay in the jail for a couple days. Some rules are common sense, some are ethics while others are the law, we do follow all of them, but this girl clearly doesn't have common sense. I am pretty sure there is no rule in their rulebook stating "no texting while marching" but she's still gonna get her ass kick by her commanding officers, just because she doesn't have common sense

24. ECPirate37

Posts: 303; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I'm a civilian and I definitely won't. I'm so disappointed that she couldn't take a few moments out of her day to march and show respect. I don't know her situation, maybe someone died and she was reaching out, but even with that, if my parents died, they would want me to march with honor instead of text people. I'm truly disappointed in her.

3. engineer-1701d unregistered

This just shows the addiction to texting and woman are the worst offender's driving or anything that's considered important

5. TerryTerius unregistered

Ah, there it is. Didn't take long for somebody to blame this on gender. I'm frankly not surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Disappointed at the facts? I would say when I am driving, 9 times out of 10 when a person in front of me is texting or talking on the phone while driving, its typically a female. When traffic is being held up by someone taking their time crossing the street and playing with their phone, its typically a female. When I see someone pushing a baby-stroller across the street on the wrong light, or even when they have the light and they just take their time like they have all day; assuming we all do too; it usually a female. And every time I see one who does this, I wished someone would come plowing through the intersection at 90 MPH and run them over and keep going. YES, whether you agree or not, it si a gender problem. Women in general talk to much. So giving them a cellphone which allows them to do their most favorite thing in the world?

15. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

and 9 times out of 10, asshats like you are male.

18. TerryTerius unregistered

And very much single. Yet they are aleways mystified as to why.

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Damn bruh you didn't have to go that far lol.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Plus one because you burnt his ass good lol.

27. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Have you noticed also that women hold a phone while driving and also hold a cup of coffee on the other while driving?

28. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

You have to admit there is an interesting correlation... but as any good scientist will tell you that does not imply causation ;-) I'm more intrigued she's using it with gloves on, gloves that will be part of the uniform; for this to happen they must surely have capacitive pads which would serve to show it's not frowned upon?

26. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

engineer is right here based on my anecdotal evidence.

6. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think people should just mind their own business. She can do whatever the hell she wants. She's graduating. She wanted o share it with her friends that couldn't be there. She probably reading this story, laughing at how any fool would say anything. someone always has something to say no matter what you do. The same idiots, are people who text while driving, or while pushing a baby stroller crossing a street, or crossing railroad tracks with trains coming.

12. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You don't know what you are talking about. she will get her behind handed to her. When things like this are caught on camera in the military it's a big deal. In my 10 ten years in the US Army I have never seen anything this.

14. Furbal unregistered

Military code of conduct that they all agree too states differently. She can most definitely not do whatever she wants without facing the consequences

16. willard12 unregistered

You're completely clueless. Rather than "reading this story laughing," she is likely waiting in the Commandant's office for a determination on whether she will still receive her commission. If she still receives a commission, she will become a 22 year-old Second Lieutenant that will be in charge of 20 soldiers who would receive non-judicial punishment if they even had a cell phone in their possession while marching in the basic training graduation. She had 4 years of 100% taxpayer funded education. In return, she agreed to uphold standards, which makes it the people's business. You should stick to what you know which appears to be writing 5 paged articles in the comments section that are full of spelling and grammar mistakes and take about 3 seconds to scroll past.

29. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

i'm not sure if you're trolling or if you really believe that you can be so carefree and do-what-i-want in the military. you're probably one of the guys that don't think veterans don't deserve any discounts or help. there's a difference between having your own ideas and opinions AND abiding by the code of military and showing some discipline at your own f**king graduation in WEST f**kING POINT. let me ask you this: so is this the type of person you want protecting your country?

10. pa_follow

Posts: 19; Member since: Jun 21, 2015

This is no big deal. This wasn't part of the official ceremony. I'd say they were marching to the staging area and just getting ready. Everybody looked pretty informal, and she wasn't the only person holding something or doing something extraneously with his or her hands. One was even wearing combat boots and holding their dress shoes in their hands.

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Technology ruining the moment yet again...

22. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3948; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Lets be honest, she probably wasn't the only one using her phone but just the one that got caught, to be fair she is marching on the outside so someone was bound to see her/catch her on camera.

23. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

She must have her reasons.. Might be someone died, met with an accident or what not in this crazy world! We tend to forget we're humans and we must have some flexibility!

25. snatchlax17

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

The military has no flexibility in this case. She's graduating from West Point not a typical University. She "should" be trained to deal with distractions and focus on the mission, which for her was marching. She failed miserably...I wouldn't want to be in her platoon

30. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

how did she know that the text she received was an emergency????? and EVEN IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY, it could have waited until she was done marching.

31. JDeus01

Posts: 48; Member since: May 07, 2013

srly? 1º she is texting, not reading. and 2º "EVEN IF IT WAS AN EMERGENCY, it could have waited until she was done marching."? are u retarded? Emergency: an unexpected and dangerous situation that must be dealt with IMMEDIATELY. do you need me to also tell you the meaning of immediately?

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