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California high school shames non-matriculating students during assembly

OILDALE, Calif. (WKRC) -- Some students at North High School in Oildale, California were publicly shamed Tuesday morning for being in danger of not graduating during an assembly.

The school held the assembly for seniors to discuss graduation and other senior activities. During the assembly, students who were in danger of not graduating were called out and asked to leave the gymnasium in front of their peers.

"They made them leave the rally and go stand outside, because they weren't graduating, and they made them (file out), one by one by one, said Tyler Redwine, a senior at North.

Quane Sutton, also a senior at North High, said, I was shocked. Its not our business to know who's not graduating and who is graduating."

John Teves, who works for the Kern High School District, says that asking the students to leave was not planned nor approved by school officials.

Teves says the school received many complaints from upset parents and students.

They're supposed to be separated before the assembly so that those that are not going to graduate go to a room and get information about how they can graduate, said Teves.

Some parents believe that the incident was a form of bullying, but Teves disagrees.

"They should've told the students that they're in danger, that they're on the red line list, but not in front of their fellow peers," said Redwine.

School officials have since apologized to the students, parents and the entire senior class.

The district is still investigating the incident. They haven't determined what disciplinary action will be taken.

 
 
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