Student Denied Diploma After Wearing Mexican Flag | 22 Words

A student from North Carolina was denied his diploma after he wore a Mexican flag draped over his graduation gown...

And ever since the story made headlines, people have been giving their opinions on the matter.

Ever Lopez was denied his diploma after allegedly violating Asheboro High School's graduation dress code.

The eighteen-year-old from North Carolina decided to drape a Mexican flag over himself.

Speaking to ABC News, the teen said this:

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"When I got up there I went for the handshake and I wasn't thinking nothing of it and I heard her 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.'"

He continued, saying he wore the flag to honor his family as he's the first to graduate from high school in his family.

​"It means everything to me," Lopez told the outlet. "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 as I did. So... representing my flag and getting a diploma was really important to me because I was basically doing it for my family."

"I don't know why I should apologize when it should be heard, because I did nothing wrong," Lopez said.

Lopez's family and friends have been protesting outside of the school, as the school has allegedly withheld his diploma but the school has said that it has been available to collect since Friday.

Afterward graduation, Lopez's family was escorted off the school property "after a request was made by Principal [Penny] Crooks," Asheboro police told ABC News.

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Officers were working the graduation in "an approved off-duty capacity" and removed them.

Asheboro City schools released a statement in which they outlined the graduation dress code that was shared with students ahead of time.

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And "wearing of a flag of any kind is a violation of the dress code."

He also told ABC News that no one ever discussed that bringing a flag wouldn't be permitted.

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An online petition has also garnered more than 150,000 signatures as of today.

In the Livestream Facebook video posted on social media, students could be seen in their graduation outfits with various little tweaks...

But Lopez stood out with his flag.

Since the news went viral, the school has announced that it has been receiving threats via email.

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"I'm gonna shoot up this school if you don't give that young man his diploma," said one of them, according to the Asheboro Police Department.

"Te Asheboro Police Department is investigating 9 additional emails, for a total of 10, that have been sent to school employees via email threatening violence against the school and/or the employee," the department continued.

The school then released a statement regarding the incident, going into more detail about Lopez.

"This incident is not about the Mexican flag. Students were encouraged to express their identity by decorating their mortar boards. A number of students followed the protocol and had the Mexican flag and other representations appropriately displayed during the ceremony."

The school district also added this:

"We continue working to resolve this issue with the student and his family so that he will receive his diploma from Asheboro High School. He has worked very hard and we commend him on this great achievement. We are confident in his abilities and we know he has a bright future ahead of him."

Thankfully, just in the past few minutes, it has been announced that Lopez received his diploma from the school!

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