Rocky once wore an American flag like a cape, but be careful pulling that move at a high school graduation.
Take, for example, an incident in North Carolina Thursday.
Graduating senior Ever Lopez took to the stage in unusual attire.
Ready to receive his diploma, he was draped with the flag of Mexico.
As told to ABC news, Ever ended up in shock:
“When I got up there, I went for the handshake, and I wasn’t thinking nothing of it, and I heard [Principal Penny Crooks] say, ‘You can’t wear that.’ And I was in shock and confused. I was like, ‘What?’ She was like, ‘The flag. You can’t wear that.’”
Ever Lopez was set to become the first member of his immediate family to graduate from high school, but instead, he said, he was denied his diploma because he wore a Mexican flag over his gown at his graduation ceremony. https://t.co/9huGA4pAAx
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The school has a policy which was shared with students ahead of time, per an Asheboro City Schools press release:
[T]he wearing of a flag of any kind is a violation of the dress code.
No matter — in Ever’s mind, he was representing his country:
“It means everything to me. My parents, my whole family, is from over there. I did it for them because they had a rough childhood; they didn’t get the scholarship that I got, or they didn’t get to go to school like I did. So…representing my flag and getting a diploma was really important to me because I was basically doing it for my family.”
Asheboro High wasn’t impressed.
According to the Asheboro Police Department, off-duty officers were asked by Principal Penny to escort the family off of the property.
Ever wasn’t given his diploma, and the school put a price on it: an apology.
But the teen didn’t think he owed one:
“I don’t know why I should apologize, when it should be heard, because I did nothing wrong.”
The situation caused quite a stink.
On Friday, roughly 30 people rallied
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