On Monday, a beautiful, well-run graduation ceremony at Rock Ridge High School in Ashburn was marred by a colossal bottleneck when leaving parking areas. Families, grandparents, small children and graduates headed for celebrations were trapped in their cars for at least an hour and a half with no police direction in sight. After some time, people began getting creative by putting their cars at risk and jumping a curb to get to the street. Great restraint and courtesy shown by drivers, no honking of horns, no yelling eased the situation, but everyone involved was irritated and exhausted when we finally were released, one by one to the one road out.
I attended the Academies of Loudoun graduation one week prior held at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg and there was a police presence with barriers guiding traffic flow both before and after the ceremony. Everything went smoothly. What happened at Rock Ridge?