Pushing the limits of conformity

When school rules are enforced using the letter of the law without recognizing the spirit of it in an effort to maintain a “rules are rules” philosophy. When all children are treated exactly the same despite their individual, unique, and beautiful differences. When school culture seeks to extinguish a student’s spirit instead of celebrating it, forgetting the beauty that lies within. It is then that we end up with situations like this:

Alabama high school student denied graduation after wearing tribal feather

A high school graduate in Alabama is being denied her diploma after being fined $1,000 for wearing a feather reflecting her Native American heritage.

“I don’t think it’s fair at all,” 17-year-old Chelsey Ramer told WPMI-TV. “I feel like its discrimination.”

Ramer, a member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, wore the feather while taking part in the graduation ceremony at Escambia Academy High School in defiance of school policy forbidding “extraneous items” from being worn without school permission.

Read the full story here.

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~ by Omaira on June 4, 2013.

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