There were 15 male students given two-blade disposable razors during graduation practice and told to shave.
“I didn’t want to let them be able to alienate me from the rest of my class and humiliate me by making me walk at the end,” said Craig, who ultimately decided not to walk at graduation. “I know graduation is formal and I understood that, but I wasn’t going to have to walk at the end of my class.”
Linda Craig, Slade’s mother, said her son has a 4.0 grade-point average, is a member of National Honor Society and clocked more than 500 hours of community service.
“Facial hair should not have anything to do with graduation,” she said. “It should be about the students and what they’ve worked so hard to achieve.”
A district spokesperson said the school had a meeting and sent out notes in April that parents needed to sign. The district said it held a community forum about the dress code in 2014 and community members didn’t want to change it.
But Linda Craig says her family didn’t know the policy applied to the graduation practice.
“My frustration is my son did not know going to practice that he had to shave,” Linda Craig said. “He’s a smart kid and he’s not one that’s looking to cause trouble or be a rebel. He honestly did not know.”
Linda Craig said when Slade’s brother graduated in 2013, he had not shaved before breakfast and practice and was able to shave afterward.
“It’s very antiquated,” Linda Craig said.