By Eric Wildstein [email protected]
It was a proud day for an inmate at the Gaston County Jail.
More than 25 years after dropping out of high school, 43-year-old Anthony Poteet earned his GED diploma during a ceremony at the jail Tuesday morning.
Donning a black cap-and-gown over his jailhouse jumpsuit while Pomp and Circumstance played from a boom box, he proudly walked down the aisle with his tassel still un-turned. He took his seat among a crowd of leaders from the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office and Gaston College, many of whom spoke about his accomplishment at the ceremony.
“The world’s in front of you, and we’re proud of you at the Sheriff’s Office,” said Gaston County Sheriff Alan Cloninger. “I hope you never come back.”
The big moment came when Gaston College’s Chief GED Examiner Debra Hissom presented Poteet with his diploma. Upon returning to his seat, …