As Member of Church of Body Modification, Student Can Wear "Religious" Nose Stud

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

A North Carolina high school student has won the right to wear a nose stud to class, claiming the school was trying to violate her right to religion freedom.

It seems 15-year-old Ariana Iacono is a member of The Church of Body Modification, which advocates body piercings and tattoos.

But Clayton High School in the town of Clayton bans facial piercings as part of its dress code and suspended Iacono at the start of the school year last September, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on her behalf, and a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order in October demanding that the school lift the suspension and allow her to wear the jewelry.

The Johnston County School district appealed the ruling. But now it has decided to drop the appeal, "rather than pursue a lengthy process of hearings, depositions and likely appeals."

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

The school board stresses that this is an isolated case, that the ban on facial piercings still stands for other students.

But what if the other students convert?