Resignations sought after goatee blocks grad from ceremony

A Louisiana chapter of the NAACP wants a school superintendent and three school board members to resign after a high school valedictorian was blocked from participating in graduation for refusing to shave his beard.

At a Monday rally in support of Andrew Jones, the Tangipahoa chapter's president, Patricia Morris, said Superintendent Mark Kolwe and board members Walter Daniels, Brett Duncan and Rose Dominguez should step down.

Jones, a 4.0 student at Amite High School, about 50 miles east of Baton Rouge, told The Advocate ( ) he supports Morris' call and believes the district's policy banning beards is "ridiculous." He says he had been allowed to wear facial hair all year, with no warning until the morning of graduation practice when he was told to shave or be barred from the ceremony.

Kolwe says all students received a copy of the participation requirements nearly three weeks before the May 18 ceremony.


Information from: The Advocate,