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Jack Britt senior strips at graduation ceremony

Posted June 12

Quinton Murphy dropped his robe in front of a graduation crowd at the Jack Britt ceremony Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy: Lauren LeMay)

— A Jack Britt High School senior left his graduation ceremony without his robe and without a diploma Wednesday night, after he stripped to his underwear as he crossed the stage.

Quinton Murphy yanked off his robe to display his leopard-print briefs, then struck a pose for the gasping, laughing crowd.

Police officers escorted him from the ceremony without his diploma, and school leaders said he'd be banned from school property in the future.

While the school system can't keep Murphy from graduating – his transcript will show that accomplishment – it can withhold the diploma as a symbolic gesture. 

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  • ralguy73 Jun 17, 10:54 a.m.

    I'm sure others have already noted this but what an insensitive and selfish act. Graduation is a right of passage not a protest venue. If you really care about the soldiers then ripping off your gown and exposing full Camo gear would have provided an explanation for the so-called cause. Do you really think local/state/federal government is going say they agree with this cause because you stripped? Guess some people will stop at nothing to obtain a little attention.

  • Jump1 Jun 16, 5:16 p.m.

    Very good, he should not be awarded for this behavior.

  • juliomercado Jun 16, 9:18 a.m.

    The real story here isn't about some kid making a scene. The real story is that his generation and those before him have never learned about dignity and appropriate behavior. These lessons don't originate at school but rather at home and it reveals a shift in our society away from decorum and respectful interactions to a Jerry Springer mentality. A pity in my opinion but all in all, no harm, no foul. I would wager there was whooping and hollering from the audience that sounded much like the crowds at a south american Kock fight. No class.

  • gregg65 Jun 16, 8:44 a.m.

    But Jack Britt is where all the good kids go. Everybody knows only good, perfect, wealthy kids attend Jack Britt. This guy must have been a Pine Forest, E.E. Smith, Westover, or Douglas Byrd student who sneaked in.

  • NC Reader Jun 13, 5:38 p.m.

    My experience going to school functions is that at the honor society inductions and academic award ceremonies the students' families are polite and respectful. At graduations the hootin' and hollerin' almost always comes from the families of the students who were slackers and/or troublemakers.

  • piratepeople2 Jun 13, 4:34 p.m.

    anyone with an ounce of sense would not do this at a graduation-he didn't give thought to how viral this has gone and that a prospective employer can see it one day!

  • kikinc Jun 13, 3:31 p.m.

    How do you know this student just "got by"?

    — Posted by jackaroe123

    I know him, trust me, he barely got by.

    — Posted by zoso62

    That's fine, but there's a difference between speaking from personal knowledge and making it... View More

    — Posted by jackaroe123

    Nobody with a 4.0 GPA has ever done this at a graduation ceremony.

    — Posted by bobbobson23

    When I graduated in 1999, the guy who was 11th in our class streaked across the stage. He had a 4.0.

  • kikinc Jun 13, 3:30 p.m.

    The fact that this is printable news is comical. The fact that we are writing comments is... View More

    — Posted by lost in translation

    Arrested for indecent exposure? It doesn't fall under that category. He showed the same amount of skin he would show at a pool or at the beach. Just because it was in an inappropriate setting doesn't automatically make it illegal.

  • kbird Jun 13, 3:13 p.m.

    "don't worry about the little piece of paper they are withholding you have your transcripts"... View More

    — Posted by Winston


    How do you know this? Can you even graduate with a 1.3 GPA?

  • kbird Jun 13, 3:10 p.m.

    2 of my friends "fell off the stage" during graduation and one, i know for certain, has gone on to be very successful. The other is as well, i believe, but i'm not 100% certain. This was distasteful, yes, but good grief it doesn't mean he is going to be a burger flipper for life. I believe you who say such are basing that statement on something else entirely, and that is a shame.

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