Leo Senior is not attending graduation since she can't wear uniform.

EACS Sticking to Graduation Policy, No Dress Blues

By Scott Sarvay
By Krystal Shull

June 10, 2011 Updated Jun 11, 2011 at 1:55 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A soon to be Leo High School graduate will be skipping out on her big day this weekend because she won't be allowed to wear her Marine Corps dress blues.

Private Kylie Furnish graduated from high school early and recently graduated from Marine Corps Boot Camp.

Private Furnish had hoped to walk with her class this weekend wearing her Marine Corps dress blues, which is Marine Corps policy for a ceremony like this.

According to Furnish she was told multiple times it would be ok...until the Friday before graduation when she found out the district will not let her walk wearing her Marine Corps uniform.

Leo's principal met with the family Friday afternoon and re-iterated that policy saying they would not make an exception to the rule.

EACS sent out an e-mail Saturday morning with the following statements:

"The attire for all graduates of East Allen County Schools is a Cap and Gown representing the high school from which they graduate. This is a ceremony to recognize the achievements of four years of high school effort as seniors leave us and go on to many different aspects of life: work, college, military, service, homemaker, etc. Whereas we are aware there are many students who would prefer to wear their own choice of clothing at graduation to symbolize all different
sorts of things, the Corporation’s policy is that participation is contingent upon the required attire of a cap and gown.

East Allen County Schools is not unlike most, if not all, schools in the state. Each year school districts are presented with requests to alter their long-standing rules and practices regarding the graduation ceremony. The courts have granted school districts the right to
continue to follow these rules and practices time after time. It is always a difficult thing to turn down requests which have such emotional ties to them. However, as stated above, graduation is
the time that is used to recognize the achievements of our all seniors. The Cap and Gown, most symbolically, does just that."

Outraged at the policy Furnish says she won't be going.

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