A graduating senior at Tullahoma High School had his high school
transcript delayed because he shot a video when he accepted his diploma.
Senior Trevor Denney used his smartphone to record his moment at Tullahoma High's graduation on May 24.
The six second video, which was uploaded to the social network Vine, shows
shots of the ceremony, following Trevor's run to the stage, his diploma
and a photo with school superintendent Dan Lawson.
principal Mike Landis told Trevor's mother that because of the
disruption, he would hold the release of the transcript until the other
263 were mailed out.
"Mr. Landis said he interrupted graduation,
even though graduation was not stopped and he had a teacher's
permission," said Paula Denney. "We don't understand why it's being
Denney has enrolled at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and was attending orientation on Tuesday.
Paula said a lengthy delay could affect her son's scholarships.
Landis told Nashville's News 2 that the seniors had been made aware
than a disruption would result in consequences.
"We tell our
students that they're not to do anything to disrupt the ceremony",
Landis said. "Because when they do that, they take away from the time of
the student's following them."
Landis also said that the
administration waits until a student leaves the stage to announce the
It took Denney roughly 28 seconds to receive his diploma and
walk off stage while it takes most students 12 to 15 seconds.
"If every student took twice the amount of time," Denney said, "The hour and fifteen minute ceremony would take two and half hours to complete."
Denney's mother Paula isn't satisfied with those answers.
"If [UT adminstrators] don't get his transcripts, he won't be in
for the fall semester," she said. "They won't be able to enroll him."
Landis also told Nashville's News 2 that the delay won't have an impact on Trevor's enrollment.
don't delay it to the point that it affects entrance to college," he
said. "We don't delay it where it affects scholarships or anything of
Landis said Denney's high school transcript will be mailed soon after the rest of the students.
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