By Liz Collin

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It was supposed to be a surprise from a Minnesota Marine to his sister on graduation day, but a school district won’t allow it.

Matt Scott reached out to Apple Valley High School to see if he’d be able to hand his sister her diploma on stage. The school’s answer isn’t sitting well with a family that’s disagreed with the district before. They believe one incident played a part in this latest decision.

“He wanted to do something in return for me,” Lauren Scott said.

Lauren Scott has shown her support for her marine brother at Apple Valley High School before through her Veteran’s Day speeches.

Now, it’s Matthew who had hoped to briefly share the stage to hand his sister her diploma.

marine diploma fight School Denies Marines Surprise At Sisters Graduation

Matthew Scott (credit: CBS)

“With both of my older sons, it happened at their graduation ceremonies which is where Matthew got the idea.”

But the Scotts believe there’s more to the district saying “no” than it’s letting on. Six years ago, the family sued the school district after Lauren was pushed over in a prank that became a YouTube craze called “table topping.” She suffered spinal fractures and other lasting problems from the fall.

“For a solid four years after my injury I could not feel my legs from my knees down.”

The district insists that incident didn’t play a role in this decision.

The school’s communications director said it doesn’t allow people on stage to hand out diplomas, other than school board members, as not to take away from other students. The district says it is still willing to allow Matthew to do something else special for his sister that day.

“Not to stand out in anyway, it’s only to show the respect that she has shown to him,” Kristine Scott said.

At this point whatever happens won’t be a surprise. Still, Lauren would love for the brother who was always mistaken as her twin to somehow be a part of this milestone.

“The fact that my brother even considered doing it for me was really special,” Lauren said.

Kristine insists that the school has allowed exceptions in the past, but the district’s communications director could only recall one incident when a parent was at the end of the ramp and not on stage.

The family and school district could still work something out ahead of the June 3 graduation.

Comments (3)
  1. I agree with the school on this one. It’s a day for the entire class to celebrate. This would draw too much attention away from that.

    This has been something that is getting way out of control. I’m a veteran myself, but I don’t feel the need to make demands on others because of it. I didn’t serve my country to get special treatment. I expect nothing from anyone.

    But lately, it’s been an issue that if a company or organisation doesn’t bow down and worship veterans, they are treated as “bad guys”. It’s great when an organisation does recognize a veteran, but it’s not obligated that they do. It’s a BONUS for being a veteran, not an entitlement.

  2. As a veteran myself, I hope the school district doesn’t cave into the behavior of this attention hound family. First they asked the district. They didn’t like the answer they received. Then they notified WCCO. This is embarrassing the Marines and all veterans with dignity. Why did WCCO even do this?

  3. This is a day for all the STUDENTS…end the uncertainty.

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