SALEM — A group of about 100 South Salem High School students and parents walked out during the noon hour on Wednesday in protest of the school’s decision not to allow one of their classmates to walk at graduation this Friday.
Raul Villarreal, an honors student was accused of smoking marijuana before prom and admitted to it even though he says he wasn’t high. He was kicked out of prom, suspended five days and banned from walking with his graduating class. He voluntarily took a drug test, which cleared him, but administrators are standing their ground and not giving in.
“Every kid should have the honor to walk. He’s worked so hard, he’s a stand-out kid,” said organizer Heather Wagner.
Students tagged cars with the words “Let Raul Walk!” and “#FreeRaul”.
600 students have signed a petition in support of Raul. He claims the school badgered him into falsely admitted to smoking pot.