The mother of a Boardman High School Class of 2013 member was angered after claiming her daughter was denied her diploma because she arrived at Sunday’s commencement too late.
The woman said she and other parents had received letters stating no one would be allowed entrance to the high-school gym after 2 p.m., the ceremony’s start time.
The woman added, however, that school officials locked the doors at 1:40 p.m.
As a result, her daughter “walked out sobbing” after someone told her she had arrived too late, and her diploma was withheld, the mother stated.
Nevertheless, it appeared the gym was filled to capacity shortly before the commencement began.
Efforts to reach the superintendent of schools and several other school district officials were unsuccessful Sunday night.