I graduated in June 2006, and I’ll admit that yes, the school’s policies can run into the ridiculous. It’s not a stretch for the school to go crazy over a student who refuses to remove her nose piercing during school, especially when the staff/administration could be worrying about more important things – like low test scores and more severe discipline problems.
The town itself (where I’ve lived for fifteen years now) has grown much more diverse in population over the years, especially since so many people from the North have been moving to North Carolina (I was one of those Yankees). The entire town should be much more tolerant of different belief systems and religious practices, especially since the population growth is raising revenue for the town.
I’m going to be honest here; I do think the girl’s religion is strange and I don’t agree with its practices, but even so… I’m Catholic and the Catholic Church used to sanction self-mortification, which is similar to what the Church of Body Modification practices. So I don’t think I should be allowed to condemn the girl for being proud of her religion. Neither should the administration of <redacted> and the citizens of <redacted>.
I think it’s fine to let this girl wear her piercing in school. While I don’t particularly care for tattoos and piercings, I won’t condemn this girl. She’s standing up for what she believes in and she doesn’t seem to be causing any discipline problems. I have no problem with different religions and belief systems, unless they advocate violence, terrorism, or murder.
By making such a huge deal out of a tiny nose piercing, <redacted> is making itself and its administration look like fools. They’re only drawing more attention to this girl and her religion and causing more disruption by making such a big deal out of this.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know. Thanks for reading and have a great day! 🙂