Drama As First Class Student Gets Barred From Graduation Because He Refused To Shave His Beard [Photo]
The valedictorian at a Louisiana high school was not allowed to participate because he took a stand over his goatee.
Andrew Jones,the head of his class at Amite High School, was not allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony because he refused to shave his beard.
Jones came out tops in his class and was meat to deliver the valedictory speech,but the school said that what’s on his chin violated the policy against facial hair, according to WWLTV.The 4.0 student had worn his beard for four years, but he and 13 others were told that they had to shave after arriving at their graduation ceremony Wednesday night.
Jones refused because the rule had never been enforced before, and his cap and gown were taken away.
He stands by his decision, though realizes that he will never get to have another high school graduation.
Tangipahoa Schools Superintendent Mark Kolwe, who said that Jones had been warned about the policy multiple time, told WVUE said that he personally made an appeal to get the student to shed his scruff to no avail.
The outlet also reported that NAACP has gotten involved, and the organization’s Tangipahoa parish chapter president Patricia Morris said the refusal to let the young man march was “just wrong.”