A North Carolina highschool graduate who was denied his diploma for wearing a Mexican flag in the course of the ceremony formally obtained his diploma Monday.
Ever Martinez Lopez, 18, picked up his diploma Monday at Asheboro High School, after the teenager was denied his sheepskin Thursday for allegedly violating the college’s costume code.
“I’m feeling so grateful now that I got what I deserved,” the teen told reporters. “It really means a lot.”
Lopez stated he was calm and held “his head high” in the course of the assembly with the college’s principal, Penny Crooks, who denied the teenager his diploma as he wore the Mexican flag draped throughout his shoulders, video reveals.
“I knew that I was going to go in there and fight hard for it, and at the end, we came out with it,” Lopez stated.
Lopez stated he had no regrets to don the flag and thanked the group for supporting him. He stated he requested for an “explanation” Monday from Crooks as to why it occurred, whereas denouncing reported threats of violence within the aftermath of the denial.
“She said she was going to reevaluate [the policy],” Lopez instructed reporters. “And hopefully it does change and we’re allowed to wear whatever we want.”
Prior to getting his diploma, Margarita Lopez told reporters exterior her son’s college she wished an evidence from Crooks. Lopez stated she and her husband had been beaming with pleasure Thursday as they watched their son wrap up his highschool expertise, however “got instantly choked up” when he was stopped by the principal.
Lopez stated she earlier than the assembly with Crooks that she had not not acquired an evidence from district officers over the transfer, regardless of two statements indicating the choice was due to costume code violations.
“Ever has worked for hard to get this diploma,” Lopez stated in Spanish, including that her son was proud to exhibit his Mexican heritage.
Lopez stated district officers additionally owe her son an apology alongside along with his hard-earned diploma.
“Because it wasn’t just my son she offended,” Lopez stated in reference to Crooks’ resolution.
The teen didn’t communicate earlier than getting into the college to meet with Crooks on the refused diploma, which district officers have said was “not about” the teenager’s Mexican flag.
Lopez was instructed he had to name his dad and mom after the incident, which left him “utterly humiliated,” in accordance to Kelly Morales, government director of Siembra NC, an immigration advocacy group that hosted the press convention.
“He wasn’t trying to hide it,” Morales stated of the teenager’s Mexican pleasure, including that it initially elicited reward from different directors and college students.
Lopez’s background is each “something to be proud of” and value preventing for, Morales stated.
District officers, in the meantime, confirmed in an announcement to The Post that Lopez picked up his diploma Monday.
“As with all graduates, we wish him well and we will continue to serve our community in ways that help all young people meet their full potential,” learn an announcement offered by spokeswoman Leigh Anna Marbert.
Marbert stated the district’s “multiple attempts” to attain Lopez’s household over the weekend had been unsuccessful.
“Unfortunately, we’ve received no response,” Marbert wrote.
The preliminary resolution prompted swift blowback on-line and led to 10 threats of violence on the college, together with one one who threatened to “shoot up” the campus if Lopez didn’t get his diploma, the Courier-Tribune reported.
Lopez’s mom, in the meantime, denounced the reported threats or anybody who known as for violence in opposition to Crooks.
“To be clear, we’re not in agreement with any violence,” Margarita Lopez stated in Spanish prior to strolling into her son’s college.