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Principal clarifies graduation not at risk Students threatened with no caps and gowns for unpaid lunch bills

Liana TeixeiraMay 21, 2019

WESTPORT — No lunch money? No cap and gown.

That was essentially the message being conveyed by signs posted in the Staples High School cafeteria last week.

But after an inquiry from Westport News, the signs have since been taken down, and outgoing Principal James D’Amico clarified school lunch policy as it relates to graduation.

“We don’t withhold their caps and gowns for graduation,” he said.

The questions stemmed from a May 15 Instagram post by the Staples student newspaper, Inklings News, which pictured a sign in the cafeteria notifying seniors about the repercussions of having an unpaid lunch balance.

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