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Texas Zero Tolerance
Texas Zero Tolerance
Northside ISD (San Antonio)


A senior receiving her diploma pumped her hands in the air and waved to people in the crowd as she waited her turn to receive her diploma. The graduate had problems with the TAKS test, failing three times before, and was excited she had finally passed. Because of her actions, Warren High School officials removed her from the graduation ceremony.


According to Northside ISD policy, students must keep their hands by their side at all times and not bring them above waist level until they receive their diploma.

The school district handbook also states that "students who raise their hands above their waists for any reasons other than receiving the diplomas or shaking hands may be removed from the graduation ceremony."

   - As reported by KSAT Channel 12.

The student will receive her diploma.


Was the district's action over the top or was it appropriate? Did the district practice discretion?