It all began with one of the students, Nicholas Dean, strutting across the stage holding a WWE title belt high above his head.
“It was in talks for maybe two, three months,” Dean said. “We just kind of talked about it and graduation time came. I had the belt and it happened.”
But the glory of the moment was quickly squashed after administrators whisked them off stage.
“They told us we should be embarrassed and ashamed,” said Dean.
“The administration was ‘very disappointed’ that we had done that,” Castro said.
“It doesn’t look good on them, and I’m sorry about that, but there’s nothing I can do about it now,” Dean said.
Besides the title belt, the students left graduation empty-handed as the school declined to award them their diplomas.
The school district said Dean and Castro’s diplomas are being withheld until a meeting with their parents next week.