Parents, students decry punishment for participating in Senior Skip Day

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CORINTH, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Many take part in the tradition of Senior Skip Day, but some local students may not be able to walk in their graduation because of it.

About 25 Corinth High School seniors traded in lessons for the lake on what many consider a rite of passage for graduating students. But it took a turn for the worse when their principal showed up.

“Our principal came and found us,” senior Kenny Potter said. “He called us together. He was searching through our things.”

But Kenny said their principal didn’t find anything.

“We decided that we had a stipulation ahead of time,” he said. “No drugs, no alcohol. We were just going to have a legal, fun day.”

It was a day his mom, Brandy Potter, gave him permission to take part in.

“I graduated from this school,” she said. “I participated in my Skip Day.”

She said about 50 students were absent that day, but only the students caught at the beach were punished. They were given two days of in-school suspension to be served after the school year ends.

“All of these kids have made doctor’s appointments, school appointments, college appointments, so yeah, it does conflict with their schedule,” she said.

If the students don’t serve their suspension, they won’t be allowed to walk in their graduation.

“I’ve worked for 13 years, and my mom has helped me and pushed me 13 years, so for me not to walk across the stage would be not only devastating to me but for my parents,” Kenny said.

NEWS10 ABC reached out to the school district superintendent but did not hear back. In the student handbook, it states parents can’t write excuses for Skip Day, and those who participate will be given a consequence.

But the affected students and parents said their consequence is too harsh. And for Kenny, who will attend Siena College in the fall, he said the worst part is the memories the senior class missed out on when their day was cut short.

The parents and students plan to take their concerns to the school board meeting on Tuesday. They will make t-shirts to wear to the meeting.

Graduation is June 25.

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