Who is Ever Lopez?
Ever Lopez is a North Carolina high school senior who was reportedly denied a diploma after walking up to the stage with a Mexican flag draped over his gown. He can be seen in footage crossing the podium at Asheboro High School while wearing the flag before pausing as he is spoken to by the school principal.
During the conversation he briefly begins to remove the flag, prompting cheers from the crowd to turn into boos.
Ever Lopez was denied his diploma after crossing the stage with a Mexican flag over his shoulders. His family was escorted out by police.
This is a bad overreaction to a display of pride. He earned his diploma. https://t.co/di7EHdb4Hk
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) June 5, 2021
Mr. Lopez, who was born in the United States to Mexican immigrant parents, said in an interview on Sunday that he wore the flag because he is proud of his Mexican roots. “The flag means everything to me and my family because it’s what is in our blood,” he said.
How old is Ever Lopez?
Ever Lopez is 19 years old as of the year 2021.
Ever Lopez Diploma
Ever Lopez of Asheboro, N.C., was set to become the first member of his immediate family to graduate from high school, but instead, he said, he was denied his diploma because he wore a Mexican flag over his gown at his graduation ceremony this past week.
Until Mr. Lopez’s name was called on Thursday, the graduation ceremony at Asheboro High School had played out like any other: A student’s name was called, the student received a diploma holder, handshakes were exchanged and people clapped.
But when Mr. Lopez approached the center of the stage with the red-white-and-green Mexican flag draped over his shoulders, he had a brief exchange with the school’s principal, Penny Crooks, drawing boos from the audience. After a moment, Mr. Lopez walked off the stage, raising a fist as he returned to his seat.
His cousin, Adolfo Hurtado, posted a TikTok video after the incident in which he said: ‘Sadly, he did not get the diploma.
‘The teacher wants him to apologize — obviously, he’s not going to do that.
Neither Lopez nor Hurtado responded to requests for comment Friday, AOL reported.
Ever Lopez Facebook
Alethea Hill, 20, whose brother is close friends with Lopez, said he was allowed to receive a diploma holder after the ceremony but not his diploma. Footage of his exchange with Crooks was live-streamed onto the school’s Facebook page, where it went viral.
Lopez’s family spoke to the school, which said he had violated the dress code, which prevents the wearing of a flag of any country.
Ever Lopez Asheboro High School
Family members spoke to principal Penny Crooks in her office and were later seen being escorted outside by police officers. Asheboro City Schools strongly denied claims on social media that the school’s behavior was ‘racist’ and insisted any national flag would have broken the rules.
A spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately, the incident at AHS last night has been misrepresented across a number of social media platforms.
‘The heart of the issue is the fact that the student did not follow the established dress code for the event’.
‘Our dress code is in place to ensure the dignity of the event is upheld and is fair to all students.
‘A graduation is a milestone event and it is grossly unfair for one individual to diminish this event by violating the dress code.’
Students protested the decision Friday, and the district now says it will reevaluate its dress code.
Ever Lopez Asheboro Video
In a video that Mr. Hurtado posted to TikTok, Ms. Crooks, flanked by four police officers, is seen escorting Mr. Lopez and his family out of the school after the ceremony. “He and his parents can come back tomorrow, and we can talk about it,” Ms. Crooks says in the video.
Asheboro High School is not issuing Ever Lopez his high school diploma Over A MEXICO FLAG that he was wearing to honor his home country. His parents who speak minimal English tried to fight this decision but were unsuccessful
DEMAND ASHEBORO CITY SCHOOLS TO GIVE HIM HIS DIPLOMA pic.twitter.com/v9QcA3090I
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) June 4, 2021
Mr. Hurtado said that Mr. Lopez and his classmates received an empty diploma holder at the graduation ceremony with the expectation that they could pick up their diplomas afterward, before heading home. It was after the ceremony that Mr. Lopez was told he was being denied his diploma, Mr. Hurtado said.
Ever Lopez Petition
A petition has been set up to get Lopez his diploma. More than 99,999 people have signed for it. The goal is 150,000. The page wrote:
“Ever Lopez was wearing a Mexican flag during his graduation and didn’t receive his diploma.”
“This is unacceptable, this man worked his butt off for HIS diploma.”