NM school moves graduation ceremony to TX after threat of $1.75 million fine from MLG’s Health Dept.

LOGAN, NM — Logan Municipal Schools in Logan, New Mexico, were forced to move their senior graduation ceremony across state lines to Texas after a threat from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s health department of $1.75 million, or $5,000 for each individual participating in the graduation ceremony.

The ceremony was to be held outside on the Logan football field where all social distancing measures could take place in the small, rural community.

The school was supposed to hold its ceremony at 10:00 A.M. New Mexico time at the First Baptist Church of Dalhart, TX located at 1000 East 16th Street. The school still required tickets for admission, however, a Texas county judge intervened and barred the school from holding its graduation ceremony at the church. A statement from the school reads as follows:

While the graduating seniors of the Class of 2020 deserve a full graduation ceremony to mark the end of their high school careers, present circumstances are making it impossible to give them such a ceremony.

After the State of New Mexico threatened to impose exorbitant fines on the school if it attempted to hold a traditional graduation, we announced plans to move the ceremony to a church in Dalhart, TX.

However, a Texas county judge intervened late last night and informed the church that they could not hold our ceremony there. The pastor apologized for having to cancel on us.

So, despite our best efforts to provide our seniors with the graduation they truly deserve, we are left with little option but to distribute diplomas as the graduates (and their families) drive through our school property, one vehicle at a time.

We are proud of their resilience in the face of unexpected challenges, and we remain confident that these Longhorn graduates have very bright futures!

One citizen criticized the move by Lujan Grisham’s health department as “a gross infringement of our American rights.” due to the six total cases of COVID-19 in Quay County, which spans more than 2,882 square miles.

New Mexico was recently ranked the state with the strictest COVID-19 restrictions out of every state and district in the union by WalletHub.

14 thoughts on “NM school moves graduation ceremony to TX after threat of $1.75 million fine from MLG’s Health Dept.”

  1. You should have a graduation PROTEST. You would have been legal. Look no further than the Albuquerque protests of late.

  2. constance clark

    It is a terrible shame!! There is no thought taken considering the pain and sorrow that results when these commands come down from on high! I’m so sorry your high hopes were crushed at the last minute, even when the situation was planned in good faith to protect participants. You fought the good fight! It meant a lot to the graduates that you tried so hard to celebrate their accomplishments.
    I wish you could tell your story to FOX News.

  3. That worthless Governor should be recalled. Remember this voters come election time. Another POS Democrat wake up NM.

  4. The ignorance/stupidity of these comments shows why the U.S. , by far, leads the world in COVID cases and deaths. Yes, it terrible that these kids to not get to have a normal graduation. You know what’s worse, having them die alone on a ventilator. COVID is affecting more and more young people, and they are losing their lives. And then to try to move the ceremony to Texas, one of the worst epicenters at this time. Start listening to the experts. Watch some of the videos of doctors and nurses on the front lines of this pandemic. Y’all are just unbelievable.

    1. Rosalyn Frazier

      There is no way for us to ever know the true number of cases of this illness. The numbers have been falsely inflated and inflated and inflated!! I do not believe that we have more cases than any other country because of the fraudulent listing of cases that don’t even exist.

    2. No, you are unbelievable. I will not argue the point. If you believe everything you hear, read or see put out by the media you have my sympathy.

    3. Covid is affecting more young people but they are not losing their lives. Most are not even getting sick. DO some research and stop just relying on the fear-mongering headlines put out by the slimy media.

    4. On May 21, 2020, the Atlantic reported that the CDC was over counting the number of cases of individuals with the China coronavirus:
      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is conflating the results of two different types of coronavirus tests, distorting several important metrics and providing the country with an inaccurate picture of the state of the pandemic. We’ve learned that the CDC is making, at best, a debilitating mistake: combining test results that diagnose current coronavirus infections with test results that measure whether someone has ever had the virus. The upshot is that the government’s disease-fighting agency is overstating the country’s ability to test people who are sick with COVID-19. The agency confirmed to The Atlantic on Wednesday that it is mixing the results of viral and antibody tests, even though the two tests reveal different information and are used for different reasons.
      This is not merely a technical error. States have set quantitative guidelines for reopening their economies based on these flawed data points.
      Several states—including Pennsylvania, the site of one of the country’s largest outbreaks, as well as Texas, Georgia, and Vermont—are blending the data in the same way. Virginia likewise mixed viral and antibody test results until last week, but it reversed course and the governor apologized for the practice after it was covered by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and The Atlantic. Maine similarly separated its data on Wednesday; Vermont authorities claimed they didn’t even know they were doing this.

      By including both active cases with cases of individuals who had the China coronavirus in the past, the CDC is grossly overstating the number of active cases in the US. Unfortunately, states like Texas and Florida have reset their economic reopening time tables based on this bogus data.

  5. Roxann Jenkins

    As long as the word PROTEST is in there.. somewhere the graduation ceremonies would have been legal..such as another commenter suggested.. hold a graduation protest

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