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High school student who stripped at graduation won’t receive diploma

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Another day, another senior prank at graduation. This time, it will cost a student his diploma.

A senior at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, N.C., who took off his cap and gown and stripped to his underwear after walking across the stage at a graduation ceremony will not receive his diploma, Superintendent Frank Till Jr. told the Fayetteville Observer.

Quinton Murphy can be seen in a YouTube video walking across the stage, then turning toward the crowd, pulling his robe over his head and posing with his arms in the air. He was only wearing leopard-print briefs, socks and shoes when he took off his gown.

“Our schools have worked so hard,” Till told the newspaper. “It used to be that the audience would be disruptive at graduation. We’ve worked hard to get the audiences to respect our students. This young man chose not to show respect for his colleagues.”


  • crazy cat lady

    Woman breastfeeding at graduation, OK…Man showing underwear, not OK. Got it! Partial nudity, OK for women, not for men!

      • Oracle Of Delphi

        The issue isn’t about showing skin. It’s about disrespect. If his stripping was for any constructive purpose (like feeding a hungry child) I would have no objection to it at all. It was a selfish way of celebrating to receive shock value with no regard to others. He’s effectively made the graduation about him when it’s supposed to be an event celebrating all the students’ accomplishments.

    • Anonymous

      You’re not seriously comparing breastfeeding a child to a student stripping as a double standard… One is the natural order of things and the other is a prank. I don’t have a problem with either quite honestly, but that was a ridiculous comparison.

  • Anonymous

    On what authority does a Superintendent have to withhold a diploma earned outright. I suspect a nice juicy lawsuit will follow, and a soon to be unemployed Superintendent (as the folks who live there will have to pay said lawsuit and fire this guy quickly).

    • Wendy

      I though the same thing when I read this story. He has already earned it. I too hope he gets an attorney.

  • Stephen Felt

    He already got his diploma so they take back the paper so what. If they refuse to allow him to graduate I’d sue the pants off the school.

      • Oracle Of Delphi

        Let’s be fair. HansJurgen’s comment wasn’t racially based. He was implying the act as primitively impulsive. The coincidence that the student is black is just that. His comment applies to any race the student could have been.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t want to see women like Jennifer C being unable to discern when to use a singular form of the word “WOMAN”. ever again. from anyone. *especially* a female. #facepalm #smh Maybe take her HS diploma away, too.

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