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School bars valedictorian from graduation because of beard he had all year


I'm puzzled why a Louisiana high school chose graduation to enforce a dress code rule banning facial hair when it apparently ignored the rule all year.

That selective enforcement of the school dress code meant the valedictorian of Amite High School did not walk across the stage to receive his diploma with his class because he wouldn't shed his beard. The local news station found photos of top Amite student Andrew Jones with his beard during the school year, including one taken at the school board office with the superintendent.

Why are some schools overly focused on controlling how students look? This young man's neatly trimmed beard is not dangerous or distracting. Take a look at this news report and see what you think:


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Maureen Downey has written editorials and opinion pieces about local, state and federal education policy since the 1990s.