Mo. Student Receives Apology Over Kilt

AP, Jan. 10, 2006

It appears a great kilt debate in southeast Missouri has come to a close. After being told to change out of a kilt at a school dance this fall, Jackson High School senior Nathan Warmack received an apology during a school board meeting Monday night. It came with a promise from the district’s superintendent to train staff in properly interpreting the school’s dress code.

Warmack, 18, wore a kilt to a dance in November with a dress shirt and tie as a way to recognize his Scottish heritage. Principal Rick McClard told Warmack to change into pants, sparking an Internet petition that drew comment from around the world and angered Scottish heritage organizations who felt the student’s outfit was appropriate.

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Terry Warmack said he came away from the meeting convinced that school officials will now protect against discrimination based on national origin. He also said he didn’t think too much had been made of the incident.

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