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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    This is bizarre and I think will cost this school a lot of money


    The actions of the school board could be seen as not only racist but also religious discrimination.
    These same morons, posing as academic administrators, probably were all wearing ties or earrings and can't get a grasp of the meaning of extraneous decoration.

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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    Quote Originally Posted by Texmex View Post
    Seems to me like the school board is making too much of this. First off, this feather is part of her heritage, and considering how important this can be to her, I think the board should have made an exception. I know that technically she broke the rules, and she shouldn't have, but this didn't have to occur. Oh and the $1000 fine is ridiculous.
    I think the school board should have never passed this dumbass rule, to begin with.
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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    I think the school board should have never passed this dumbass rule, to begin with.
    Nor do I think they had the authority. As I previously mentioned, $1,000 is a felony-level fine. This means that in order for it to be legitimately imposed, the violator would have had to be properly tried and convicted of violating a felony-level criminal law. To enact such a law, in most states, requires the entire legislative process carried out by elected representatives of the people; not a small group of appointed bureaucrats. This whole thing is solid digestive waste from a male bovine.
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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    If she sues, she wins and it's the school board's fault. Each and every one of them should be ousted. They've done damage not only to the district budgetarily, but image wise AND they've pierced the illusory veil of authority admins and teachers could generally count on until the kids are graduated and gone.

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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    Quote Originally Posted by Somerville View Post
    This is bizarre and I think will cost this school a lot of money


    The actions of the school board could be seen as not only racist but also religious discrimination.
    unless they are selective in their application, I am unsure how a blanket ban can be racist or discriminatory.

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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    I see this as a student deliberately breaking school policy, the same as the valedictorian broke school policy by reciting an unapproved religious prayer.

    The religious kid, however, did not get fined or have his diploma withheld. Although I have no problem with the school disciplining her, $1,000 and withholding her diploma is definitely overkill against this Native American student for her feather.
    I imagine the two schools operate under different administrators and school districts.

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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    I'm of two minds on this one - from my youth, I remember how arbitrary and sometimes inane school rules could be, mostly designed to suppress youth vitality and individuality and to make school life as easy as possible on the teachers and other staff. High school is basically a prison environment without the bars.

    But on the other hand, rules are rules, and in most cases now students get a handbook and code of conduct at the beginning of the year which likely provided the prohibition on extraneous adornments during graduation. If that was the case, the student and her family should have made an issue of wanting to wear the feather long before the ceremony and tried to work something out. If they did that and yet couldn't work it out and the student did it anyway, I can see why the school would act the way they did - it is virtually impossible in a school environment to bend the rules for someone and have those rules survive and be respected by others.

    I admire the young lady for standing up for what she believes in - sometimes breaking the rules is important in order to be heard on issues important to you - just like you need to break DP rules sometimes to stand up for your own rights as an individual. I'm sure this will work out for her and it will blow over in a few days. The old saying, rules are made to be broken, is still around for just such occasions.
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    Re: Native American student denied diploma for wearing tribal feather

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    The profession should spend more time purging it's ranks of the stupidty, before demanding pay raises.
    Why restrict the stupidity of people to just the teaching profession? Shouldn't all professions purge themselves from their ranks of stupidity?

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