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Joplin school officials try to put a stop to graduation ticket sales online

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When it was brought to Joplin School officials attention that tickets for the upcoming graduation ceremony were being sold on the website, Craigslist, officials wanted to put a stop to it.

Joplin School officials want the upcoming graduation ceremony to be a day that is celebrated for all the seniors hard work and accomplishments not about how much the ceremony is worth.

The President's visit and speech at Joplin's graduation is just a few days away and the school expects every seat to be filled, but it might be more than just proud family and friends in the arena.

Seniors were given eight tickets to the ceremony that will be held at MSSU's Leggett and Platt Arena.  But some tickets are turning up for sale on Craigslist.   Curious to see how much the tickets were going for we responded to one ad and found that two tickets were offered for $75 dollars a piece.

"Any time you get something free to a ceremony that means so much to so many people everybody needs to take advantage of that in their own family in their own way for the way the tickets were designed ," says Dr. Kerry Sachetta, the Joplin High School Principal.

"If someone can't come we want them to give the ticket away, that's what we want, that's what our preference is but it's a free ticket to the student.  They earned it and that's what we want them to use it for and to use it in that manner."

School officials say there is nothing illegal about selling tickets to the event, but they have contacted a lawyer to see if there is any action to take.  For now the school just hopes tickets will go where they were intended.

"To be at graduation in this momentous occasion, and when you put the President and the Governor on top of it, and the kids being there together, I think that's a special event and to me, to know your family and friends are going to be there to celebrate with you is pretty priceless."

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