Why was valedictorian Andrew Jones denied the right to march at his graduation?

Andrew Jones was top of his class and scheduled to deliver a commencement address, but he had a beard. He had been told on more than one occasion that he would have to shave the beard according to school policy. He refused and he was denied the opportunity to speak or march. He challenged the rule. Some are saying the school is at fault, but what do you think? Are rules made to be broken? Share your thoughts.

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  • whitec1971  On May 24, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    what should be celebrated is that you have a young African American man whom has beaten back every stereotype thrown at him due to his gender. He is a young father taking care of his child and managed to keep a 4.0 G.P.A. I understand rules as a former school administrator whom enforced the rules, but sometimes there are mitigating circumstances that allow a rule to be bent. This is time in his life that will never come again and to deny him this in my opinion is a tragedy. I wish him luck in his future endeavors.

    • musesofamom  On May 24, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      Who denied him the opportunity. He made a decision not to abide by the rules, and that was his right. They have rules and they have the right to enforce them.

      • whitec1971  On May 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

        I don’t disagree with you. However, I was looking at a different perspective and how things could have been handled differently. Just my opinion.

      • musesofamom  On May 24, 2016 at 8:28 pm

        I agree with you that things could have been handled differently. I appreciate your comment.

  • whitec1971  On May 25, 2016 at 1:02 am

    Your welcome and I will read more of your posts.😀

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