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Gastonia teen and musician expelled from high school for performing in bars, school says

Like any high school senior, Bailey Griggs looked forward to all the special moments with her friends during her senior year at Cramerton Christian Academy in Gastonia.

“We were really excited to do all the little things that seniors do, especially buying tank tops with the word ‘senior year’ printed on them,” Griggs said. “When we finished school, I had every right to think I was going back.”

That thought changed when Griggs’ mother, Jennifer Griggs, received an email from the school saying Bailey would not be attending her senior year of high school.

Bailey Griggs is a musician whose talents have taken her to numerous stages in Charlotte, but her school said the problem was where she performed.

In the email, the school said Bailey was no longer allowed to return to school, and that attending nightclubs or bars and attending gatherings with drugs or alcohol present indicated the school was no longer a good fit for Bailey’s goals.

Jennifer and Bailey Griggs said they disagreed with the school’s decision.

“If you read the manual and the way it’s written, it says not to meet in places where there’s alcohol and drugs,” Jennifer Griggs said. “She’s not meeting, she’s doing her job.”

“I’m the actor and I don’t drink. I’m underage,” Bailey Griggs said.

Jennifer Griggs said she received no warning from the school before Bailey was expelled, so she believes the school singled her daughter out.

“There are a lot of posts from other kids in schools going to music concerts,” he said. “If anyone knows, when you go to those concerts, you’re surrounded by alcohol.”

Bailey Griggs said this in relation to more than just the fact that her senior year of high school was taken away from her, but in relation to the principle of the matter.

“Yes, rules are rules, but make sure everyone follows them, not just some people,” he said.

Cramerton Christian Academy said it stands by its decision to expel Bailey, adding that the school has very high standards for students to meet and does not enroll students who do not meet those standards.

Bailey said that although the situation is difficult for her, her music helps her cope.

“A lot of people have reached out to me and told me they still support me and that I should continue to pursue my dreams,” she said.