Chelsey Ramer, 17, Fined $1,000 After Wearing Eagle Feather At High School Graduation

adler_federAn Alabama high school student is being fined $1,000 and having her diploma withheld after wearing an eagle feather in her graduation cap on May 23.

By Rebecca KleinHuffington Post

Chelsey Ramer, of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, wore the spiritually and culturally symbolic feather at her Escambia Academy High School graduation ceremony as a display of pride in her heritage, according to local news outlet WPMI-TV. However, a graduation dress code contract stated students were not allowed to wear “extraneous items during graduation exercises unless approved by the administration.“

Ramer, 17, did not sign the contract. Prior to receiving it, she was also told by the school’s then-headmaster, Betty Warren, that she would not be allowed to wear the feather, according to the Atmore Advance.

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