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Susan Tran, WHDH-TV

IPSWICH, Mass. (WHDH) - An Ipswich, Massachusetts principal's decision is causing controversy after he decided to change an awards ceremony for students.

Ipswich Middle School's principal canceled an event to celebrate the school's academic achievers, telling parents honors night -- which can be a sense of pride for some -- can also be devastating to others.

"We're not saying everyone is getting a puppy or a trophy. We're saying they're going to be there as a group as people are honored," said Principal David Fabrizio.

Instead of the special night, the students will get their awards during an annual end of the year ceremony, which some parents think is a better idea.

"I think it's important though, these kids are working hard and that they get these -- that they deserve their honors. But I think it should be in an assembly and not in like a special night," said Jannine Vaciliou.

But even that school ceremony seemed problematic for some parents.

"They're going to feel bad. 'Oh mommy, I got C's and low B's. But the girl in my class is getting B's and A's. How coming I'm not being awarded?'" said Stephanie Cockman.



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