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Fake tickets blamed for graduation lockout

4 years 8 months 1 week ago Friday, May 15 2015 May 15, 2015 May 15, 2015 10:21 PM May 15, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

PLAQUEMINE - Parents were locked out of seeing their kids graduate at the Plaquemine High School graduation Friday night because someone distributed fake tickets and filled the auditorium before others arrived.

Students received a handful of tickets to give to parents and family friends ahead of Friday's ceremonies since the auditorium has limited seating. But, it appears, someone manufactured counterfeit tickets and used them to get inside. The auditorium quickly filled to capacity, forcing administrators to lock people out.

"My mom has two months to live, and today, we were here to see my little brother graduate. We rush down here, and we find out they're not letting nobody in," Cody Leonard said.

"It's unfair," an upset Elvis Cavalier told WBRZ News 2 Friday night. Cavalier is the Chief Academic Officer for the parish and said he received numerous calls from parents as the situation unfolded.

Cavalier said it was frustrating someone would take advantage of the system and promised an investigation.

"I'll get to the bottom of it," he said, adding, his investigative work will begin Monday when he returns to his office. Though, he was not immediately sure what, if anything, can actually be done to people found to have fabricated tickets to the graduation.

"It really hurt my feelings because I worked so hard for my mother, for her to have this moment, for her to see me graduate, and it was very depressing that she wasn't there to see me walk and graduate," Apri'el Cox said.
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