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Johnston schools settle with student suspended for nose stud

Posted June 6, 2011

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— The Johnston County school system has decided to settle out of court with a student who was suspended over a nose piercing she says is part of her religion, the school system announced Monday.

Ariana Iacono, a ninth grade student at Clayton High School, was suspended at the beginning of this school year for violating the dress code. Iacono said the nose stud she wears is an essential part of her faith in the Church of Body Modification. 

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against the school system on Iacono's behalf and a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order in October demanding that the school lift her suspension and allow her to wear her nose stud.

In a news release Monday, the school system said that while it strongly disagrees with the judge's decision, it has chosen to resolve the matter out of court "rather than pursue a lengthy process of hearings, depositions and likely appeals." The judge who issued the restraining order is unlikely to "change his view of the case as the litigation progresses," the release states.

Superintendent Ed Croom supported the decision to settle with Iacono.

"I am confident that the board has reached a resolution that is in the best interest of our students," Croom said in the release. "Engaging in a lengthy and costly lawsuit would have directed much needed funding away from our classrooms."

Under the resolution, Iacono will be allowed to wear the piercing only for as long as she remains a member of the Church of Body Modification. The school board has not repealed its dress code or its ban on facial piercings, the release states.

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  • jaredg Jun 8, 2011

    "The Ten Commandments (which came from the Bible which is a basis for our Constitution and our Bill of Rights)"

    sorry but you are delusional!! the Constitution nor BOR we re based on the Ten Commandments. Also, just for the record, the Ten Commandments were not give to Christians, they were given to the Isrealites, through Moses, as they wondered in the wilderness for 40 years. Seriously, please do some research before spouting baseless claims.

  • whistler411 Jun 7, 2011

    Haggis, Jefferson did NOT write the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Use correct facts when making your argument.

  • haggis basher Jun 7, 2011

    "Sorry you disagree, guys. Didn't mean to start another blog war. I stand beside my beliefs about how this country was founded, and what our founding fathers ment for this nation. We could go on all day but we are getting way off subject."

    Why do you stand by beliefs which can be shown with five minutes research to be utterly wrong? If Jefferson and Adams both clearly state that the US Government is not Christian who the heck are you to disagree?

  • wildcat Jun 7, 2011

    She won so get over it.

  • wildcat Jun 7, 2011

    The teachers should not be allowed to wear jewelry if the students cannot. PERIOD!

  • haggis basher Jun 7, 2011

    "Though it wasn't directed to me... here it goes:
    Establishment Clause (1st Amendment) - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...
    Free Exercise Clause (1st Amendment) - ...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.

    also from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treaty_of_Tripoli
    I quote "As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion" presented and signed by Adams and approved by Congress

    and Jefferson who wrote the Constitution and Bill of rights said
    "'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State."

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Separation_of_church_and_state

  • tcbnashville Jun 7, 2011

    Sorry you disagree, guys. Didn't mean to start another blog war. I stand beside my beliefs about how this country was founded, and what our founding fathers ment for this nation. We could go on all day but we are getting way off subject.

    But I hope this young lady understands in the end that if she knew the rules ahead of time about her nose piercing not being allowed at school most of us are not gonna agree. You don't expect others to change the rules just because you do. And that is the great part about living in the USA!! We don't have too!!

  • wildcat Jun 7, 2011

    Congratulations for wininng the battle against the school and board.

  • tcbnashville Jun 7, 2011

    Establishment Clause (1st Amendment) - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...

    So the good ole USA can't tell me how or what to worship? Great...then I will continue to worship as I please. But the existance of a Ten Commandments sculpt in SC is under "State Law" which the last time I checked were still seperate from federal laws. As long as they don't establish and MAKE a person practice a certain religion in SC (or in TN)they have followed the Law of the Land.

    They can put up a Flipper statue in Murfreesboro if they would like, and have the Book of Dolphins at the entrance. It still would not make those that were truly devoted to their religions change their minds. It simply is an object that reflects what someone believed at the time it was put up.The Ten Commandments (which came from the Bible which is a basis for our Constitution and our Bill of Rights) statue was simply an exercise of an expression of our founding fathers religious rights.

  • taylor81 Jun 7, 2011

    "You can't pick up a Bible and read it from cover to cover and then turn around and read the Constituion and deny that they are based on the same thing, which is belief in one God, which exist in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

    I'm emotionally torn. I'm confused, as I've never heard such a disjointed document comparison. On the other hand, I love the pure absurdity of the idea that the United States Constitution is rooted in existence of a multiple-personality schizophrenic sky spirit. I actually laughed out loud writing that one.

    Some people have got to hit the books. The Constitution is a legal document. It reflects the ideas of political philosophers Locke, Rousseau, and Montesquieu, among others. [See, there's a clear, defensible statement.] The Constitution is clearly not a rewritten, restated Bible. Some of the founding fathers may have been men of the church, but they certainly knew better than to let it taint the legal plan of government they wrote.

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