Petition started after students lose appeal to walk at graduation

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
April 19, 2019 - 7:07 am

A group advocating for students banned from graduation at Sophie B. Wright Charter School says administrators have turned down an appeal.

Advocates with the non-profit Our Voice, Nuestra Voz say they got their hands on a letter showing the school will not reverse the decision after senior pranks led to the punishment.

Students were throwing water balloons, shooting water guns and allegedly performing other "pranks" after school officials warned them not to take part in the activities.  Officials say ketchup, mustard, vinegar, toilet paper and other items were also involved.  They report a faculty member suffered an injury during the execution of the pranks.

The letter read, "After careful consideration of this matter and based on a review of the entire record, we have decided to deny your request. The child will not be allowed to participate in any additional senior activities."

The school says they will mail the student's diploma.

Our Voice, Nuestra Voz is still fighting to let the students attend graduation.  The group has started a petition.

There is also talk of possible legal action.

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