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US student wins right to wear a nose stud on religious grounds

June 8, 2011 - Washington

A North Carolina high school student has won the right to wear a nose stud in class after claiming that it was an essential part of her faith in the Church of Body Modification.

Fifteen-year-old Ariana Iacono was suspended four times from Clayton High School this year from Clayton High School for violating the dress code by refusing to remove her small nose stud.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against the school system on behalf of Iacono, a ninth grade student, and a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order in October demanding that the school lifted her suspension and allowed her to wear the jewellery.

'Body Modification' encourages piercings and tattoos to educate its followers to unify mind, body, and soul, and to connect with a higher power.

Meanwhile, officials with the Johnston County Schools have said that they would drop their appeal of the order, and would settle it out of court 'rather than pursue a lengthy process of hearings, depositions and likely appeals'.

As part of the legal agreement, Johnston schools would reportedly pay 15,000 dollars in court costs and fees for the ACLU.

Despite having a dress code of its own, the school will now have to make their policy flexible for exceptional students.


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