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BANNED FROM YOUR OWN GRADUATION FOR HAVING A BEARD!


by Fran O'Reilly May 31, 2016 3 Comments

You love your beard right? it has become part of you, your lifestyle and who you are, and rightfully so! But what would you do if you were banned from YOUR OWN graduation because of your facial hair? Well that's exactly what happened to one pupil named Andrew Jones.

It has been reported on several news websites that Jones was a high achieving star soccer/football player at Amite High School in Louisiana, New Orleans. After growing out a goatee style beard which he had proudly sported for over a year his high school hadn't seen this as a problem, that was until his graduation was nearing. Jones was asked by the University to shave off his beard for the graduation ceremony, of which he outright refused. School officials then intervened and confiscated his graduation regalia then sent the individual home, banning him from his own graduation ceremony.

Mark Lowe, a spokesperson for the high school has since stated - ''The board has a policy and we have to adhere to the policy until it gets changed. Until it changes, I'm responsible for following it.''

Now, whilst i understand and fully appreciate rules in both the workplace and school are in place for a reason. I can't and wont ever understand the ruling when it comes to beards. Yes, for hygiene purposes around food we should be expected to wear face nets. But who has the right to tell another individual they can't grow a beard? Growing out your beard should be the beholders choice and their choice alone. I understand beards are not liked by everybody, but in turn that doesn't deem those dislikers the right to refuse us wearing our beard-manes.

What do you think of this recent report? Do you slander such rules as complete nonsense? Or do you see things somewhat clearer than i do and instead understand why such rules are in place? As always let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

And until next time, Beard on Brothers, Beard on...




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3 Responses

Bill Harmon
Bill Harmon

July 13, 2016

I have a beard myself. If any school or collage will let you have a beard during your school days then it shouldn’t have the right to ask you to cut it for graduation.

Kay
Kay

June 04, 2016

I personally can’t grow a beard, been trying for two years and nothing. While I understand rules and regulations I can’t get why it was okay for him to wear his beard all year up until then. When he was winning accolades for the school in sports it was okay but now it’s not good enough for graduation? Anyway if they don’t have a legitimate reason for this besides being biased I say this decision is BS

Naveh Danielov
Naveh Danielov

June 03, 2016

Hello,
I’m an 18 year old high school student from Israel, and I wanted to share my thoughts about this case.
I’m a student in a military school and the policies in my school clearly stated that students are not allowed to grow a beard. As soon as I started to grow a beard my school commander (he is a soldier in the army) came to me and asked me to shave the beard off. I appealed his decision and won. Today I have a fully grown beard and now, my graduation ceremony is in two weeks, and I expect the school to ask me to shave for the occasion and once they will ask me to I am going to say no.
The reason I write this is because I want to show you that even though it is against policy to have a beard, it is possible to grow one because it’s your right to grow one if you want to.

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