High school graduates in North Carolina were reportedly denied diplomas for wearing the Mexican flag. which violates the school dress code
Ever Lopez, a Mexican-American The Mexican flag was hung over his coat at the graduation ceremony of Ashboro High School in May. by urging the headmaster to ask him to take off the flag video of the ceremony
The students tried but were unable to remove the flag – and were denied their diplomas after walking onstage at the ceremony, ABC reports.
“When I go up there I went to shake hands and I didn’t think anything of it. and heard you say ‘You can’t wear it,’” said Lopez, who was the first person in his close family to graduate from. The middle school told the exit. “And I was shocked and confused. I was like, ̵6;What?’ She was like, ‘The flag, you can’t wear it.'”
“It means everything to me,” he said, according to ABC.
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“My parents My whole family is from there. I did it for them because they had a difficult childhood. They did not receive the scholarship I received. Or they didn’t go to school like me. So … representing my flag and getting my diploma was really important to me. Because basically I do it for my family.”
Lopez has not received a diploma, ABC reports. He said the school had asked him to apologize for it.
“I don’t know why I have to apologize. when should be heard because I didn’t do anything wrong,” Lopez said.
The incident sparked protests outside the school and 73,000 people signed a petition in support of Lopez.
“It’s crazy, I didn’t expect the whole community to come together like that,” Lopez told ABC.
“I just walked out of school. I was like, ‘Red guy, I didn’t get diplomas and stuff.’ You’ve interviewed, you interviewed, and I’m like, ‘What?’ And what shocked me the most? besides the interview It was a protest at my school because I didn’t know that.”
meanwhile The school district said support students “Expressing their heritage at the right time and place,” but insisted that the wearing of the Mexican flag “Breaking the dress code of the ceremony”
“We are still working to resolve this issue with students and their families. so that he can receive his diploma from Asheboro High School,” in a statement. “He has worked very hard and we commend this great achievement. We are confident in his abilities and we know he has a bright future ahead of him.”
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“This incident has nothing to do with the Mexican flag,” the school district added in another statement. “Students are encouraged to express their individuality by decorating the mortar board. A number of students followed the protocol and gave Mexican flags and other appropriate representations during the ceremony.”
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