North Carolina high school senior won’t get a diploma for wearing a Mexican flag over his graduation gown
- Ever Lopez can be seen in images crossing the stage with a flag over his shoulders
- He is accosted by the director and begins to remove the flag, causing booing
- Asheboro High School said it would reconsider its dress code after protest
A North Carolina high school senior was denied a diploma after walking to the podium with a Mexican flag draped over his dress.
Ever Lopez can be seen in footage crossing the stage at Asheboro High School carrying the flag, before pausing to be accosted by Principal Penny Crooks.
During the conversation, he briefly begins to remove the flag, causing the crowd’s cheers to turn into booing.
Ever Lopez Can Be Seen in Images Crossing the Stage at Asheboro High School Carrying the Flag
This convinces him to stick with it and he leaves the stage after earning a certificate and fist-pumping other staff members.
His cousin, Adolfo Hurtado, posted a TikTok video after the incident in which he said: “Unfortunately, he did not graduate.
“The teacher wants him to apologize—of course he won’t.
Neither Lopez nor Hurtado responded to requests for comment Friday, AOL reported.
Alethea Hill, 20, whose brother is good friends with Lopez, said he was allowed to receive a diploma holder after the ceremony, but not his diploma.
Footage of his exchange with Crooks was streamed live on the school’s Facebook page, where it went viral.
Lopez’s family spoke to the school, which said it had violated the dress code, which prohibits carrying the flag of any country.
The student then pauses while being accosted by Principal Penny Crooks
Footage of his exchange with Crooks was streamed live on the school’s Facebook page, where it went viral. Pictured is Lopez leaving the stage
Relatives spoke to Crooks in her office and were later escorted outside by police officers.
Asheboro City Schools strongly denied social media claims that the school’s behavior was “racist” and insisted that any national flag would have broken the rules.
A spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, the incident at AHS last night was misrepresented on a number of social media platforms.
“The crux of the problem is the student’s failure to adhere to the established dress code for the event and detracted from the importance and solemnity of the ceremony.
“Our dress code is in place to ensure the dignity of the event and is fair to all students.
“Graduation is a landmark event and it is extremely unfair for one person to diminish this event by violating the dress code.”
Students protested the decision Friday and the district now says it will reevaluate its dress code.
Asheboro City Schools strongly denied social media claims that the school’s behavior was “racist” and insisted that any national flag would have broken the rules