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Classmates start petition for seniors suspended after food fight

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SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. -

Classmates of some high school seniors, suspended after a cafeteria food fight, are taking action.

The suspended seniors say they were told they couldn't walk at graduation, but some students say the punishment is too harsh.

Students at Combs High School have started an online petition hoping to change the minds of administrators so the suspended seniors can walk at graduation alongside their classmates.

Wearing a T-shirt that says "Let Them Walk," Jaime Gamel admits he participated in a food fight at Combs High School cafeteria Friday. A video was later posted to YouTube.

"It was fun, but we knew we all had consequences coming," said Gamel. "We didn't think they would not be able to walk."

After the food fight, the principal suspended 12 students for the remainder of the school year.

Seniors who were suspended say they were told they wouldn't be able to participate in graduation activities.

"When I found that out, I was like, 'What can I do for that to not happen?' That's when I was like, 'Hey let's write a petition'," said Gamel.

Gamel and his friend Ember "Emmy" Williams, got online and started a petition urging school administrators to let the suspended seniors walk at graduation.

"I've seen people from Germany, others from Italy, who signed it. I saw somebody all the way from Guam who signed it last night. That was shocking," said Williams.

Emmy admits the petition has mixed reviews.

"Some good, a lot that are not so good. People think they deserve the punishment, but I think the punishment was a little to harsh," said Emmy Williams.

Friday afternoon, the school principal emailed FOX 10 a statement saying in part, that the students got the appropriate discipline as outlined in the student handbook.

Emmy hopes enough signatures will change that.

"We plan to get at least 2,000 before Monday so that I can send it to all of the teachers, faculty and administration here at the school and hopefully send it to the school board to show them at least we care and are trying to change something about this," said Emmy Williams.

Regardless of whether the petition changes the administration's mind, Emmy's mother says she's proud her daughter is trying to make change.

"I've always tried to teach my kids when you see something you don't think is right, speak up," said Stephanie Williams.

"A lot of people are telling me that it won't do anything, I'm still hoping that it will," said Emmy Williams.

Gamel, a junior, has a meeting with the principal Monday to find out his punishment.

He says he and others plan to wear T-shirts to school Monday, like the one he had on Saturday, that says "Let Them Walk."

Graduation is Thursday.

Follow this story: Food fight! A dozen Combs HS students suspended


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