HANOVER, Mass. (WHDH) -
Some local high school seniors who thought they'd be walking across stage to get their diploma are now being forced to walk away.
Eleven seniors from Hanover High School will not be able to walk in this weekend's graduation after the superintendent says they came to school drunk.
Parents and residents generally agree that the school did the right thing.
"They should be punished, they’re going to get their diploma anyway. Why should the get the honor of walking up on stage if they don’t have the decency to come to school without being drunk,” Sharon Irving said.
School officials say students came to school under the influence on May 21.
Police were called and one student was charged with possession of alcohol after a bottle was found in the student's car parked on school property.
"School administration acted appropriately by disciplining the kids and telling them they could not attend graduation and that they should be punished to show the rest of the student body that it's not the way to act,” Tom Irving said.
The students will graduate but the principal decided to discipline the students in accordance with the policy, and that means no celebration with the rest of their peers.
"I feel bad for them,” one woman said
One parent told 7News the principal had warned the student body this was a possibility if they got in trouble as graduation approached.