Guymon high school student's big moment taken right from under his feet
Guymon, OK - Walking across the stage for your high school graduation is a proud moment, but for 18-year-old Austun Blagg, that moment didn't happen.
"I cried and I cried. It made me sick," said Austun's grandmother, Mary Blagg.
When Mary Blagg found out that her Austun was not allowed to walk in his high school graduation, she says she was devastated.
"This is a big milestone for Austun. He worked hard to get where he's at. It just crushed me and it was hard," said Mary.
Blagg says the school's reason is because he was wearing sneakers.
NewsChannel 10 reached out to the principal of Guymon High School, but he refused to comment. We also reached out to the superintendent but said he could not comment due to student privacy issues. Instead the superintendent sent a copy of the dress code for graduation.
Austun's shoes weren't meant for running across the stage, he was wearing them for medical reasons.
"On August the 24th of 2008, Austun was in a serious accident. His foot got crushed and his toes were broken in three layers," said Mary.
Austun also suffered a serious brain injury and since then, Austun and his left foot have not been the same. The life changing incident created a strain on Austun enjoying high school but he says he was looking forward to the ceremony.
"It's like the end of everything and you're just so satisfied and you're so revealed
. I'm still pretty bummed out that I couldn't do it because it's a once and a life time thing, you only get to do it once," said Austun.
His family says the school is aware of his foot injury and should have understood the need for a more comfortable shoe, rather than the required dress shoe. Now that the ceremony is over, the family is left with a bad memory of Austun's high school experience.
Despite not being able to walk in his graduation, Austun was able to pick up his diploma on Thursday--which to him is an even bigger proud moment.