Charles City County Graduation Controversy

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CHARLES CITY COUNTY, VA – Parents at Charles City High School are outraged, claiming they were turned away from this past weekend's graduation and prohibited from watching the students graduate, all because of what they were wearing.

In an open letter, one parent claims the school turned people away due to the clothes they were wearing.

“The attire that these loved ones had on were black jeans, nice shirt and dress shoes, nothing with holes and disrespectful,” the letter states.

“These young adults worked hard for the last 12 years and earned the right to graduate,” the letter reads. “I saw elderly crying because they were turned away; I saw young graduates crying because their parents were not allowed into the ceremony.”

The school system told 8News that the high school, for the past four years, has had a dress requirement for those attending the graduation exercises. The requirement stated that jeans would not be allowed, the school said.

The school system says information was sent home by students well in advance of the graduation ceremony.

In a statement, the school said “This is the first year that the dress requirement seems to have become problematic for some individuals; staff will review the current practice and determine if the practice needs to be modified for the future.”

Stay with 8News for updates.

Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond

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