Straight-A student banned from graduation because of beard
Andrew Jones, A Louisiana high school valedictorian defended his goatee at the expense of attending his graduation ceremony after reportedly was banned from participating in his graduation ceremony. Amite High School said he violated school policy but having facial hair, so was not allowed to walk the stage.
Jones, a straight-A student and star athlete was scheduled to speak at Amite High School’s graduation, but when Jones, who also was named Student of The Year arrived, officials barred him from the ceremony because he hasn’t shaved his goatee. “It don’t make sense, every day of school I went with it, even more, I did shave,” said Jones, “I had like sides and everything, but I shaved for that graduation.”
His Aunt, Sabrina Davis, equally enraged asked “What was the real issue that he couldn’t walk with his class? He was top of his class, you know, that moment was the most important of his life.”
Tangipahoa Schools Superintendent Mark Kolwe told ABC News that the district “has a policy that doesn’t not allow any facial hair on male students”. “I personally asked him to please go and shave so that he can walk with the other kids. He chose not to. I even asked the parents standing here to have him follow the policy.”
Jones is headed to Saint Louis University with an academic scholarship and an athletic scholarship to the football team.