A North Carolina highschool graduate was reportedly denied his diploma for sporting a Mexican flag in violation of the varsity’s gown code.
Ever Lopez, who’s Mexican American, draped a Mexican flag over his robe at Asheboro Excessive Faculty’s commencement ceremony in Could, prompting the principal to ask him to take the flag off, video of the ceremony exhibits.
The coed tried however was unable to take the flag off — after which was denied his diploma after the ceremonial stroll down the stage, in response to ABC.
“After I obtained up there I went for the handshake and I wasn’t considering nothing of it and I heard her say, ‘You possibly can’t put on that,’” Lopez, who’s first individual in his fast household to graduate from highschool, instructed the outlet. And I used to be in shock and confused. I used to be like, ‘What?’ She was like, ‘The flag. You possibly can’t put on that.’”
“It means every little thing to me,” he mentioned, in response to ABC.
“My mother and father, my complete household, is from over there. I did it for them as a result of they’d a tough childhood; they didn’t get the scholarship that I obtained, or they didn’t get to go to highschool like I did. So … representing my flag and getting a diploma was actually vital to me, as a result of I used to be principally doing it for my household.”
Lopez has not but obtained his diploma, ABC reported. He mentioned the varsity has requested him to apologize with a view to obtain it.
“I don’t know why I ought to apologize, when it needs to be heard, as a result of I did nothing mistaken,” Lopez instructed the outlet.
The incident sparked protest outdoors a faculty, and 73,000 folks signed a petition in assist of Lopez.
“Nicely, it’s loopy. I didn’t count on it, all of the group to return collectively like that,” Lopez mentioned, in response to ABC.
“I used to be simply walked out of faculty. I used to be form of like down. I used to be like, ‘Dang man I didn’t get my diploma and stuff.’ … It’s loopy as a result of the subsequent day I wakened and I had folks calling me, saying, ‘Oh man, you bought interviews, you bought interviews, you bought interviews.’ And I’m like, ‘What?’ After which what shocked me probably the most, aside from the interviews, was the protest at my college as a result of I didn’t learn about that.”
In the meantime, the varsity district mentioned that it helps college students’ “expressions of their heritage within the acceptable time and place” — however insisted donning the Mexican flag “violated the ceremony’s gown code.”
“We proceed working to resolve this difficulty with the coed and his household in order that he’ll obtain his diploma from Asheboro Excessive Faculty,” in an announcement. “He has labored very laborious and we commend him on this nice achievement. We’re assured in his talents and we all know he has a brilliant future forward of him.”
“This incident isn’t in regards to the Mexican flag,” the varsity district added in one other assertion. “College students have been inspired to precise their id by adorning their mortar boards. Various college students adopted the protocol and had the Mexican flag and different representations appropriately displayed throughout the ceremony.”