Supporters of the seniors suspended after a food fight at Turner High School held a protest Wednesday afternoon.
However, the six senior boys were banned from walking in this week's graduation ceremony because district officials determined they helped plan and took a leading role in the food fight.
"Due to the safety concerns posed by the event, our decision remains to support the consequences issued by the Turner High School administration," said a district spokesman.
Thursday, the district announced that the students could attend the graduation ceremony and sit in the crowd, but could not participate in it.
The school deemed it a "senior prank" on Friday and suspended the boys. The district said it warned seniors of the consequences of senior pranks and offered regrets to the families for the boys' actions.
The boys, their families and supporters marched from a nearby park to the high school and onto the school board offices.
"Hopefully the principal sees this and changes his mind," Justin Kos said.
Resi Clark, mother of Kenneth Clark, said her son and the others should face a different punishment because banning them from the walk hurts their families.
But district officials say they aren't budging.
"I'm upset people say it's deemed a senior prank. It wasn't cafeteria gone crazy. They're only punishing six seniors out of 200 students in the cafeteria. I think it's unfair," Clark said.
The senior boys' mothers say they are also not allowed to attend Project Grad or Yearbook Signing Day either.
"I just feel like it's still not fair, they should let these boys walk across the stage," said Resi Custer, another mother.
Graduation for Turner High School is at 7 p.m. Thursday. The boys staged a mock graduation earlier on Thursday before going to the graduation ceremony where all they could do was watch.
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Tuesday, September 16 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-09-16 19:01:19 GMT
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