FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A senior at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville who stripped to his underwear after walking across the stage at graduation on Wednesday will not receive his diploma, Superintendent Frank Till Jr. told the Fayetteville Observer on Thursday.
According to the paper, Quinton Murphy was walking across the stage when he turned toward the audience, pulled his robe over his head and posed with his arms out in the air. He was only wearing leopard-print briefs, socks and shoes when he took off his robe.
School officials were not amused, the paper reported.
“It used to be that the audience would be disruptive at graduation,” Till said. “We’ve worked hard to get the audiences to respect our students. This young man chose not to show respect for his colleagues.”
Till recommended to Principal Denise Garison that the school withhold Murphy’s diploma and bar him from the school’s property and events, such as football games. Principal Garison agreed.
Murphy is still a graduate and can prove it with transcripts.