Students protest after seniors barred from walking at graduation

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - More than 30 students showed up at Pierson Park Wednesday afternoon just before 2 p.m. to protest five seniors barred from walking at graduation after a food fight erupted last week.

The students and their families included at least two of the seniors who were suspended and told they would not be allowed to walk at graduation, Kenneth Clark and Justin Kos.

The seniors walked a half mile to the high school holding signs that read, "Class of 2014 should walk together."

Police asked the students to stay off of school property.

Clark showed up to the protest in his cap and gown.

"I'm dressed up because I'm not going to be able to walk the stage so I’m going to wear my cap and gown as much as I can,” he said. 

Clark's mother Heather has supported her son since day one.  She admits he should be punished for his actions but says banning him from the graduation ceremony is too harsh.

"I want to watch him walk across that stage and that's what we're here to do and we're just begging them to change your mind,” she said. 

Other students who were not involved in the food fight signed a paper petition to allow the seniors to walk at graduation.

The school issued a statement Wednesday afternoon the reads:

"Due to the safety concerns posed by the event, our decision remains to support the consequences issued by the Turner High School administration."

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