Nathan Warmack Can Wear His Kilt - Gets Formal Apology
- From: "Catherine" <Catherine@yahoo!!!.com>
- Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 03:45:44 GMT
Over 11,000 people signed the original Clan Gunn petition.
NBC11.com (SFO Bay Area, CA) Poll
Should this boy have been allowed to wear his kilt to the school's formal dance?
Total voting: 32,242 votes
YES - 95% (30,679)
NO - 5% (1,563)
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have all ran stories since January 8th.
US student wins right to wear kilt at high school
IN A victory for kilt-lovers everywhere, a Missouri student who was told to change
out of his kilt at a high school dance is now being allowed to wear it to future
Nathan Warmack, 18, wore a kilt to a Jackson High School dance in November with a
dress shirt and tie as a way to recognise his Scottish heritage. But he was told by
the principal, Rick McClard, to change into trousers, allegedly saying he wasn't
going to have students coming into the dance looking like clowns.
But Warmack's outraged family went on the warpath and hired lawyers to fight for
their son's right to wear traditional Highland garb. It emerged yesterday that the
school had backed down, with district lawyer Steve Wright revealing: "He can wear
that kilt to school if he wants, to the prom or to a basketball game."
But Wright cited one exception. Though he said it's not anticipated, Nathan could be
asked to change if the kilt-wearing somehow resulted in a problem or disruption.
That has been a sticking point for Nathan and his parents, since his wearing of the
kilt was seen by a school official as disruptive in the first place.
The Warmacks have said they think a broader policy change is now necessary to allow
other students to wear formal cultural dress to school functions, if they choose.
Wright said he believes the principal had to make a snap judgment call and has since
reconsidered the decision. He said it was appropriate that the ability to make dress
code decisions remain with the principal.
The dispute may not yet be over. Nathan's father, Terry Warmack, plans to meet with
the school board tomorrow to find out more about how the policy change will operate.
Student receives apology, will wear his kilt to prom
By BETSY TAYLOR
The Associated Press
Nathan Warmack holds his Scottish kilt while sitting in the living room of his
parents' home in Jackson. Warmack, 18, wore a kilt to a Jackson High School dance in
November with a dress shirt and tie as a way to reconize his Scottish heritage and
was told by the principal to change into paints at the dance. (Associated Press
It appears the 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 a written 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 dress code.
Warmack, 18, wore a kilt to a dance on Nov. 5 with a dress shirt and tie as a way to
recognize his Scottish heritage. Principal Rick McClard told Warmack to change into
pants. The decision sparked an Internet petition that drew comment from around the
world and angered Scottish heritage organizations who felt the student's outfit was
Nathan Warmack said Tuesday he was pleased school officials recognized his concerns
and said he felt he'd helped fight against discrimination.
"It's just one of the walls that needs to be broken down, but I feel I helped a lot,"
"Everything turned out exactly the way we were hoping," said the student's father,
"It ended up going further than we anticipated, but we're thankful to the school
board for how things went," he said.
A letter dated Jan. 9 from superintendent Ron Anderson offered an apology to the
student on behalf of the district, the school board and administrators, including
McClard, for "the fact that he was humiliated and not permitted to wear his kilt to
the Silver Arrow dance." McClard did not return a phone call seeking comment.
The next printing of the Jackson High School handbook will note that enforcement of
the dress code is "without reference to race, color or national origin."
The letter, which the Warmacks signed, also states the family agrees not to file
legal action related to the matter.
Nathan wore his kilt to the school board meeting, as did his lawyer from North
Carolina, Kirk Lyons.
A member of a Scottish heritage organization, the Clan Gunn Society of North America,
Beth Gardner, also attended to support Warmack. The Texas resident started an
Internet petition on Warmack's behalf that drew more than 11,000 signatures.
Warmack plans to wear his kilt again to his school prom, and Scottish groups are
working to provide him with an entire outfit of formal Scottish dress. Several of the
donated pieces are being handmade by Scots around the nation.
Terry Warmack said he came away from the meeting convinced that school officials will
protect against discrimination based on national origin.
Terry Warmack said he didn't think too much had been made of the matter. "I don't
believe it's blowing something out of proportion if you're fighting for something you
believe is a right," he said.