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KELLER (CBSDFW.COM) - Keller ISD will graduate thousands of high school seniors Saturday. But 13 of them won’t be allowed to

participate because of a senior prank the district believes went too far.

One parent says video shows his child wasn’t part of the disruption. That parent

says the infamous Central High food fight video, posted on YouTube, shows his

son smiling and nothing else.

It’s why he and his wife showed up at Keller ISD Friday along with other parents and supporters who

thought the graduation punishment was too severe.

By all accounts, Martin Alvarez, an 18-year-old senior at Central High

was a good kid: Varsity football all four years, Prom King, and never in trouble.

But then, there was the senior prank on May 25. It shows the tail end of a food fight in the school cafeteria.

Though he already had his cap and gown, Martin Alvarez won’t be allowed to walk at graduation because a teacher said he saw Alvarez throw a water bottle.

The student’s parents are devastated.

“If I could’ve just had somebody which we could have appealed to and talked to, to maybe overturn this. That’s all we wanted,” Ricky Alvarez said.

Ricky Alvarez would have been preparing for his son’s graduation

party Friday. Instead, he spent it at Keller ISD, hoping to appeal the punishment.

He says someone from the district finally told him, “They’re sticking tothe policy of the appeals process which means they’ll get with me in ten days.”

The soonest that would happen would be AFTER graduation.

“It makes me not have faith in this, in any of the appeal process of doing this,” he said.

Martin Alvarez and some of his friends joined his parents at Keller ISD for a couple of hours. But he says the administration turned the students away.

After that, he and his friends decided to spend the rest of their day on

Grapevine Lake.

It did not remove his disappointment. “I would’ve done just about anything to have me walk. But it’s whatever,” he said.

“I felt bad for the janitors that had to clean up after us. But we, all would’ve done it. Or just community service,” he said.

Did he throw a water bottle?

“That’s what they’re accusing me for but I mean there’s about 700 kids throwing stuff too,” he said.

His classmate, who will be able to walk at graduation said, “They don’t have any proof that any of these kids threw anything.”

“They should have had something for us to do in summer or should’ve just

had us go pick it up,” Tatar said.

Some wonder if the prank had occurred earlier in the year if the punishment would have still been the same.

“If they would’ve had it any other time of the year, it would’ve have been this serious,” Tatar said.

Another classmate, Kary Whitsel, said, “I think if they were to punish him, they should’ve given him community service. But definitely not to be able to walk is really excessive to me.”

Still, Martin Alvarez, his family and friends, plan to attend.

“I’m going to wear my cap and gown too. I hope they see me,” he said.

Nine seniors at Central High won’t be allowed to walk at graduation tomorrow because of the senior prank.

The district sent a press release saying the nine students at Central High and four students at Timber Creek High “were identified as having physically created an unsafe environment through reckless disregard for the safety of other students, and were witnessed by campus staf or administrators doing so.”

To protest the prank punishment, some students say when their own names are called, they’ll just stay in their seats.

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