A North Carolina high school graduate was reportedly denied his diploma for wearing a Mexican flag in violation of the school’s dress code.
Ever Lopez, who is Mexican American, draped a Mexican flag over his gown at Asheboro High School’s graduation ceremony in May, prompting the principal to ask him to take the flag off, video of the ceremony shows.
The student tried but was unable to take the flag off — and then was denied his diploma after the ceremonial walk down the stage, according to ABC.
“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,’” Lopez, who is first person in his immediate family to graduate from high school, told the outlet. And I was in shock and confused. I was like, ‘What?’ She was like, ‘The flag. You can’t wear that.’”
“It means everything to me,” he