Student says transcript held after shooting video at graduation - WKRN News 2

Student says transcript held after shooting video at graduation

Posted: Updated: June 4, 2013 05:40 PM
TULLAHOMA, Tenn. -

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.

School 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 held."

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 next name.

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.

"We 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 that nature."

Landis said Denney's high school transcript will be mailed soon after the rest of the students.

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