- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A basketball star who was kicked off the team and out of a western Pennsylvania high school for having a gun has graduated in a separate ceremony.

Nine-teen-year-old Shaquan (shah-KWAN’) Reid tells the (Johntown) Tribune-Democrat (https://bit.ly/1KePEE3), “Everybody makes mistakes. I made mine. I am moving forward now.”

Reid was kicked out of Greater Johnstown High School after a cafeteria worker found a gun in his backpack on Feb. 13. He had brought the gun to school for self-defense but says it was a “bad choice.”

Though he was expelled, Reid was allowed to study at home and raised his grades from a C-minus average to about 90 percent.

Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak says Reid earned the right to graduate in a small ceremony held in the high school’s lobby on Thursday.

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Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, https://www.tribune-democrat.com

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