Lindsay Starr graduated early, joined the Marines, headed off to spend three months at boot camp and now all she's asking for is a chance to wear her Marine dress blues to her high school graduation ceremony. Her high school's answer? Absolutely not.
North Allegheny High School, located in Wexford, Pennsylvania, has a strict graduation policy under which all students must wear school colors and a cap and gown if they plan to walk across the stage to claim their diplomas. Despite efforts to change officials' minds, Starr has been told that there is absolutely no chance the district will budge.
Some students and teachers have privately voiced support for the young Marine. Starr maintains that the school's position isn't right and she's being very vocal about the matter:
"I’m just trying to show pride in what I belong to now. I belong to the United States Marine Corps as a 17-year-old. Like, c’mon, now...We’re here for you, we’re here to serve our country. We’re here to protect the freedoms that you enjoy, public schools – you enjoy that freedom because someone went out and died for it."
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In response to the controversy, the school issued a statement that said, "We just don’t do it. The required dress is cap and gown." What do you think? Should the school make an exception and allow Starr to wear her uniform?