Less than 24 hours after his graduation plight became national news, star Charlotte (N.C.) Providence High pitcher Ty Buttrey was given clearance to walk at his commencement by the principal who had previously allegedly told him his absence at a walk through would keep him from doing so.
As reported by North Carolina network WBTV, Buttrey was granted clearance to walk at the Providence graduation in a meeting between Buttrey, his mother and Providence principal Tracey Harrill. In addition, Harrill denied that any prior outreach between the Buttreys and herself or other school representatives had occurred, contrary to what Buttrey's father, Dan Buttrey, had told media outlets on Tuesday.
"The parents assumed that [Buttrey] would not participate in the ceremony without having a conversation with the principal prior to the rehearsal," Providence High School principal Tracey Harrill told WBTV in an email which was also shared with a Prep Rally reader.
"I have worked with several families who contacted me prior to rehearsal to accommodate extenuating circumstances including a college athlete and a rising college freshman who attended an orientation. Graduations are a milestone and should be a memorable event for all families. I look forward to meeting with [Buttrey's] parents to discuss the matter at hand."
That account is in direct conflict with the Buttrey family, which claimed that it and Ty Buttrey's coach had both reached out to Harrill to try and gain leniency on the graduation regulation to no avail.
By the end of Wednesday's meeting, Buttrey was granted the right to walk with his classmates, and the school district quickly moved to ease any tensions that might have lingered between the school and Buttrey, whose baseball potential makes him a prime candidate to be among the school's more notable alumni in coming years.