Valedictorian Denied Walk Across The Stage At Graduation Due To Beard
Decked out in full cap and gown, complete with a valedictorian cord, Andrew Jones showed up to his graduation from Amite High School ready to experience his hard work paying off.
He didn’t get the chance because of what he was wearing on his face.
“Eventually they took my gown,” he recalled, “They told me they had to take my gown from me.”
The school district says it has a policy of no facial hair on male students. The superintendent said Jones and his family were reminded of the rule three times, including graduation night, along with 13 other graduates. They were told if they didn’t go in the bathroom to shave, they couldn’t participate with the class. Jones was the only one who refused, because he said that rule was never enforced before.
Eyewitness News uncovered two pictures of Jones from this school year, one at the school, one at the school board office, including the superintendent. Both show Jones with a beard from ear to ear.
“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 that for graduation.”
The bearded scholar is headed to college with a full academic and athletic scholarship while raising his young daughter. You can’t keep a good, bearded man down!!!