ASHEBORO, North Carolina (WGHP) – A community in North Carolina is in turmoil after a local high school graduate is denied his degree.
According to a video witness shot during the Asheboro High School graduation ceremony, the student wore a Mexican flag on her gown as he walked across the stage. He received his diploma holder but when he went to pick up his real diploma he was refused and told he had to apologize.
Schools in the city of Asheboro say wearing a flag of any kind was against the dress code listed for the graduation ceremony.
Many viewers reached out to FOX8 to discuss the situation, saying other students also decorated their badges in the same way and were not punished.
You can read the full statement released by Asheboro City Schools below:
First and foremost, we strongly support our students’ expression of their heritage when and where it is appropriate. Our graduation dress code is clearly shared with students in advance, and wearing a flag of any kind is a dress code violation. Over the past two years, we have allowed students to decorate their mortar boards as a tribute to their individuality and creativity. We are very clear with the students that this was the ONLY acceptable deviation from the standard cap and gown dress. Unfortunately, we will now re-evaluate this decision for future senior classes in light of the situation that arose last night.
We continue to work to resolve this issue with the student and his family to graduate from Asheboro High School. He worked very hard and we congratulate him on this great achievement. We are confident in his abilities and we know he has a bright future ahead of him.
The accusations against our school and our district are disheartening. We work with every student on a daily basis to ensure that they receive rigorous instruction, equitable opportunities, and compassionate care in a safe and inviting learning environment. In our school and district, we are passionate about the success of all students.