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    First Amendment? What First Amendment?

    A soft-spoken 14-year-old’s nose piercing has landed her a suspension from school and forced her into the middle of a fight over her First Amendment right to exercise her religion.

    Ariana Iacono says she just wants to be a normal teenager at Clayton High School, about 15 miles southeast of Raleigh. She has been suspended since last week because her nose ring violates the Johnston County school system’s dress code.

    Iacono and her mother, Nikki, belong to the Church of Body Modification, a small group unfamiliar to rural North Carolina, but one with a clergy, a statement of beliefs and a formal process for accepting new members.

    The morons in the district office are threatening to send her to juvi school. The nose stud is so tiny it’s almost invisible. There is no way in hell that her having it interferes with the school’s mission. This is a power play, pure and simple. The authoritarians in the district office think they ought to be able to decide which religions are and which are not “legitimate.” They’re wrong and they’ll lose in court. And, in the process, waste tens of thousands of tax dollars.

    Make sure to click over to the story for a photo of the offending stud. And I’m not sure that some of the comments aren’t good examples of Poe’s Law.

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