The mother of a Hastings, Nebraska boy said he wasn't allowed to attend his graduation ceremony because his clothing and shoes didn't meet school expectations.
Nancy Johnson said her son stood in the lobby on May 5th while his classmates stepped forward to receive their diplomas at Adams Central High School.
Johnson said her son Hunter had worn a T-shirt, shorts and tennis shoes, but was told he couldn't participate unless he changed into nicer clothing. He called his mom, who took him clean jeans. She said he doesn't have dress shoes or pants and that the jeans ultimately kept him out of the ceremony.
Johnson said she received a letter regarding graduation, but it didn’t say anything related to attire. “I've talked with other parents who are upset about it, that it occurred, and their children have graduated from Adams Central in the past in flip-flops."
District Superintendent Shawn Scott said graduates should be respectful for such ceremonies, which includes meeting expectations for attire.
Hunter later picked up his diploma at the school library.