“I refused to shave because I felt as if that was ridiculous being that I went the whole school year with my facial hair,” he told The Post in a text message. “Plus, students from other schools in the district who graduated earlier that week marched with their facial hair, so why couldn’t I?”
Jones said he refused several times — then they asked for his gown.
“My parents came down and had a conversation with the school board members, discussing why they weren’t letting me march,” he said, “but it seemed as the superintendent wasn’t trying to hear anything they had to say.”
He added: “I just watched my graduation from the stands.”
Davis said Jones, a teenage father, worked hard in school, earning a 4.0 GPA and excelling in sports — track, football and basketball.
“High school is supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be your moment, your memory,” she said. “They snatched that away from him.”
Davis said she did not understand why Jones’s facial hair had not been an issue during the school year.
Kolwe, the superintendent, did not explain to ABC News why the policy had not been enforced throughout the year but said the “principal was attempting to enforce the policy for graduation purposes.”
“The board has a policy and we have to adhere to the policy until it gets changed,” Kolwe told ABC News. “Until it changes, I’m responsible for following it.”
This story might be the dumbest of the year. If the young man had a beard the entire school year, and said beard was against school policy, it should have been dealt with then, Actually I don’t think a school system can force anyone to shave.
Louisiana ought to be glad that this kid is graduating. He sounds like a responsible student with a great GPA. The valedictorian needs to sue the school system. I feel confident he will win. I am glad he didn’t cave in.