DAVENPORT, Okla. — Thursday night 27 students graduated from Davenport High but two did not walk across the stage.
Steele, 17, and Max, 18, showed up wearing jeans under their gowns and were told they needed to change attire.
Principal Danny Acord said, “All students knew about the dress code well in advance.”
Other students confirmed knowing about what they could and could not wear.
The dress code prohibits hats, tennis shoes and jeans.
One mother ran out to a local store to buy slacks for the boys.
But they were inches too short and would show the teens’ cowboy boots, which parents said was also not allowed.
So the students decided to leave.
Aline Truesdale said her son Steele is one of the first in the family to graduate.
She believes the school ripped that milestone right out of her heart.
“You put these kids through school,13 years of school, and you wait and wait for that 15 minutes of fame when you can brag about your kids. And now we don’t have that,” Truesdale said.
Buddy Murphy is one of the 2012 graduates.
He was there when the principal gave the boys an option.
“He told them they had the opportunity to go and change into slacks and shoes,” Murphy said. “The boys didn’t want to do that.”
Truesdale was also upset because a school official was on stage wearing denim when her son could not.
Acord said that person was a former football coach and was not part of the official ceremony.
He also released this statement:
“It was a wonderful evening where we were able to celebrate the accomplishments of the Davenport Graduating Class and it’s unfortunate that these two gentlemen chose not to participate in the ceremony. I would like to congratulate the senior class on this milestone and wish them the best on their future endeavors.” -Danny Acord, Davenport Schools
Acord added, “If any student needed help meeting the dress code requirement, I would have helped them personally.”