Sunday, March 7, 2021

Valedictorian Couldn’t Participate in Graduation Because of Goatee!

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*If you’re looking for a hairy story, here’s one for ya.  At a Tangipahoa, Louisiana high school graduation the valedictorian was not allowed to participate because … are you ready? He has a goatee.

Yep, apparently at Amite High School having facial hair is a bad thing. Andrew Jones was the head of his class at the school, but education officials say the hair on his chinny chin chin violates school policy and trumps everything else that makes sense, according to WWLTV.

Jones, who has a 4.0 academic average 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, so his cap and gown were taken away.

He stands by his decision, though he 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 times, told WVUE that he personally made an appeal to get the student to shed his scruff — to no avail.

Now the NAACP is involved. According to Patricia Morris, the organization’s Tangipahoa chapter president, said the refusal to let the young man march was “just wrong.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. The same thing over and over. If the rule is no facial hair, then why is anybody getting involved? If this very intelligent young man decided that having his chin hair was was more important than walking across the stage, then what’s the big deal? It was his choice. If he had been apprised of the rule several times and still made his choice, why is there even a story? The NAACP. Seriously?

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