Scandal keeping students from receiving diplomas
BATON ROUGE - Some graduating seniors in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System have not received diplomas, and they will not until watch dogs are certain each student should be receiving one.
The thorough review is related to a state investigation into at least one student being allowed to graduate in error. Because of the scrutiny, the school system is reviewing all transcripts and records closely to make sure the mistake does not happen again.
More than 2,000 students walked across the stage weeks ago, yet they still do not have proof they finished high school.
"The vast majority will be awarded by the end of this week but there is the potential that some students may not get their diplomas until the end of next week once the whole records review is done," system spokesman Keith Bromery said.
Counselors at each public high school are reviewing the records.
It is still unclear why the initial diploma was issued in error, and the system is still addressing the original issue.
"[The diploma issued in error is] part of the audit process that we are doing now," Bromery said.
The WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit discovered the student in question was school board member Vereta Lee's granddaughter. Lee's relative had to enroll in school again to complete her studies once the issue was found.