If someone ran up to you and asked you to give them your pants, would you? The odds are, you answered this question with a very firm “no” and perhaps even a look of puzzlement or disgust, but what if I told you that your pants were the difference between one student walking across the stage to receive his diploma, or going home before the graduation ceremony even started?
That’s exactly the predicament Leroy Solis Jr. found himself in when he simply couldn’t afford to meet the dress code for his high school’s graduation ceremony.
MacArthur High School’s graduation dress code stated that boys must wear slacks and a tie, or they may not be able to walk the stage to receive their diplomas. Well, Solis Jr. didn’t have slacks or a tie, and couldn’t ask his father, who is on a fixed income, if he would buy them. Instead, he planned to walk in jeans with no tie, hoping that his gown would be long enough to cover up the fact that he wasn’t wearing slacks.