Texas high school continues tradition of not allowing honor student to wear stoles

Students at a Texas high school who earned the right to wear National Honor Society stoles at graduation were reportedly informed by the school that they will not be allowed to wear them because it is not inclusive of all students.

A National Honor Society sponsor told a parent that administrators from Plano Senior High School do not want to single any students out, WFAA.com reported.

“They deserve it,” one parent told WFAA.com. “They worked so hard for it. If you choose not to work that hard, then that’s OK. I wasn’t an NHS kid. I didn’t wear the NHS stole when I graduated. But friends of mine did, and I was OK!”

Students at nearby high schools are able to wear the white satin stoles. Some students at the school have considered starting a petition or talking with the principal to change the directive.

“It’s kind of a national thing that’s recognized, so I don’t know why just Plano can’t recognize it,” said one student.

The school said in a statement, "We are aware that many honor students may not also be members of the National Honor Society, but the school has opted not to include additional regalia per tradition. This long standing practice was questioned by students twice in the school’s history, once in 2004 and again around 2008 or 2009. Both times, the tradition of not including any regalia for various student clubs, honor societies, leadership roles or other activities was explained to them, and in 2008/2009, class officers and student congress were given the opportunity to consider a change in the practice. The student leaders opted to uphold the tradition. The campus will look at the practice again next year if students wish."