State representative, others plan graduation for Amite valedictorian banned from school ceremony over facial hair _lowres

Image from Facebook -- A state representative and New Orleans-area pastor are planning a graduation ceremony for Amite High School valedictorian Andrew Jones, who wasn’t allowed to walk with his classmates because of his beard.

A state representative and New Orleans-area pastor are planning a graduation ceremony for the Amite High School valedictorian who wasn’t allowed to walk with his classmates because of his beard.

Andrew Jones, a 4.0 GPA student and standout athlete headed to Southeastern Louisiana University on academic and athletic scholarships, was not allowed to participate in his graduation ceremony because of the Tangipahoa Parish school district’s dress code policy.

“He was unfairly excluded from the most important day of his life,” Ro Wright wrote on his Facebook page. “A beard should NEVER upstage academic excellence.”

State Representative Katrina Jackson and other state leaders are also hosts of the graduation ceremony, according to the Facebook post. It will be held at 7 p.m. June 17 at the African-American Heritage Museum in Hammond.