Manatee High School charging parents $200 for 'premium' graduation seats

Manatee High School also charges students a $20 fee to participate in the event.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   May 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

BRADENTON, Fla., May 20 (UPI) -- A Florida high school is charging parents $200 to sit in premium seats that will offer a good view of their child's graduation.

Manatee High School in Bradenton also charges students a $20 fee to participate in the event.

"It's being discriminatory," parent Mark Domer told Fox News. "Economically, socially, socio-economically, it's just not fair."

The school said the premium seat fee is needed because the cost of holding the event escalates each year and the budget doesn't have enough extra money to fund it.

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

Despite the high prices, all ten rows of premium seating for the May 31 graduation have already sold out.

"I think that's ridiculous. It should be free," said local resident Jennifer Brantley."I think it's because they're trying to make back the money supposedly that was lost somewhere and they can't find it. I'm skeptical."

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