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100,000 sign online petition backing student denied diploma for draping Mexican flag on graduation gown

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Ever Lopez, 18, says he wore a Mexican flag during graduation ceremonies for his family and to honor his parents who are Mexican immigrants.

ASHEBORO, N.C. – More than 100,000 people had signed an online petition Monday demanding that a local high school award a diploma that was held back at graduation because a student draped a Mexican flag over his gown.

Controversy surrounding Ever Lopez has become so heated that police conducted extra patrols in and around Asheboro High School, saying at least 10 threatening emails have been sent to school employees. The author of one email stated “I’m gonna shoot up this school if you don’t give that young man his diploma,” police said.

The incident created a social media firestorm centered on this city of 25,000 people 85 miles northeast of Charlotte. And Siembra NC, a statewide Latinx advocacy organization, held a rally for Lopez and his family and has pledged full support.

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