Johnston County school denies nose ring appeal

Ariana Iacono

October 5, 2010 1:38:05 PM PDT
Johnston County school officials have upheld the suspension of a 14-year-old student who says her nose piercing is an article of faith.

The legal director of the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says the school district made its decision Tuesday. Katy Parker says the ACLU is now weighing its legal options.

The ACLU is representing Ariana Iacono, who has been suspended from Clayton High School since last month.

Iacono and her mother belong to a religious group called the Church of Body Modification. The school says her nose stud violates the dress code, but the ACLU believes the Iaconos' rights are being violated by the policy.

A call to Johnston County schools was not immediately returned Tuesday.

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