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Florida high school charging $200 for 'premium' graduation seats

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A new graduation policy at a Florida high school is causing outrage.

Students at Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., are being required to pay $20 to participate in the event. And if parents want a good view of their child receiving their diploma, the school is charging $200 for a “premium” seat.

The school district said the extra cost is a means to pay for the ceremony due to a lack of funds.

But parents are calling the whole plan ridiculous.

"It's being discriminatory,” said Mark Domer. “Economically, socially, socio-economically, it's just not fair."

"$200 is a lot of money for a preferred seating,” said parent Mayu Fielding. “Is my child more important than yours?”

The district points out other high schools in Manatee County already charge graduation fees and the school will waive the $20 charge for students with financial needs.

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