East Paulding High’s senior class president will be able to walk across the stage with his peers as they receive their diplomas next weekend.
U.S. District Judge Harold Murphy in Rome today issued a preliminary injunction that will allow Jake Zimmerman to take part in his school’s graduation ceremony, according to attorney Lester Tate of Akin & Tate in Cartersville, who is representing Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was one of 24 teens arrested following the March 11 vandalism of East Paulding High School and surrounding areas. Last month, he was barred from extracurricular activities, including graduation, following the school board’s 6-1 vote to uphold the original punishment levied by school district staff and add the additional stipulations. Zimmerman after the board’s ruling, which came after a closed session that lasted nearly four hours, said he had felt the punishment was out of “spite.”
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