WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - On Thursday, the West Point High school class of 2021 celebrated their accomplishments, but before the celebration started there was confusion on class ranking decisions.
On Facebook, many people shared their thoughts on a decision made by the school district hours before the graduation ceremony, a move that people say the school has never done before.
"To be honest with you I'm angry," Angela Washington said. "I'm hurt at the same time."
Angela Washington is the mom of Ikeria Washington. On Monday, Ikeria was announced West Point high school's Valedictorian. On Thursday, hours before graduation the school made another announcement, there's more than one Valedictorian.
"I am still confused," Washington said. "It's nothing that they are telling me that's making sense."
Its not just two valedictorians, its also two salutatorians. The school posted on Facebook to address the concerns. The school said there are two methods to determine a student's class ranking, through GPA and QPA. Therefore, its necessary they recognize all four.
What some parents want to know, is why now?
"I think they need to look at the handbook," Washington said. "Redo it and make sure that it's simple plain and clear. There's no looking at it this way or that way, but looking at it the right way."
At the graduation, all four students were able to give their speeches and were recognized for their accomplishments.
West Point superintendent Burnell McDonald made a statement before graduation and said the district takes full responsibility.