“We have dress code to have order and discipline in our schools,” superintendent Parker Gordon said. “We also want our students to understand expectations in dress. Employers have dress codes. We are modeling the business world with our expectations."
But sophomore Stacy Carol believes that her First Amendment right to exercise religion is being violated. She is refusing to take out her piercing because she believes it is a way to express her religion.
"Through body modification, we can change how we see ourselves and the world around us. Not every member …show more content…
The church says it has approximately 3,500 members in the U.S.
"The piercing is part of Stacy's religion." parent Larenia Carol said "I asked Stacy if she wanted to back down and take out the lip jewelry, but she believes in our church and in our freedom. She wants to stand up for herself and for that, I am proud."
The ACLU has agreed to help Stacy and her mother, but their church has refused to comment or get involved in the situation.
“Stacy has a solid case. It is in the best interest of the school district to allow her a religious exemption from the dress code." ACLU lawyer Sonia Stephens said.
Although Stacy believes this is a violation of her First Amendment right, constitutional lawyer Jett Ramirez disagrees.
“Most Americans would be surprised to learn just how little protection the First Amendment provides for religious-freedom claims under current law,” he said. “The school district should hold its ground. I believe the courts will see the absurdity in