Students not allowed to wear honor regalia to graduation, school says

Some students graduating from Plano Senior High School In Plano, Texas, June 9 will not be able to wear regalia from clubs they spent time in over the course of their career.

Among those clubs is the National Honor Society an organization in which students join based on academics, volunteerism and leadership.

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KRLD reported that Akeas Syed, a senior at the school, said he and his friends in NHS were told by their club's advisors that they would not be allowed to wear the club stole, which contains the NHS seal.

“They said, ‘No, you can’t do that,' and when we asked why, they said Plano just wants to keep everything uniform instead of having NHS kids wear our stuff,” Syed told KRLD Wednesday.

Syed said his school made the policy so that other students would not feel excluded, but he doesn't think it's fair.

"I’ve worked hard for this, and I should be able to show my honors,” Syed told KRLD. "We’re not just celebrating the achievement of graduating high school. We’re celebrating all the achievements that have happened along the way and gotten us here."

Garrett Frederick, who has been in NHS since he was a sophomore, shared similar thoughts when he spoke to WFAA Wednesday.

"I'm not just an honor student. I'm an NHS student. I worked hard. I put in the hours," Frederick said. "I was really looking forward to wearing it and being able to say I was a part of it, because I have friends that go to (neighboring schools Plano East High School) and (Plano West High School), and they're all wearing it. I don't know why we're not allowed to wear it."

The school district confirmed to WFAA that those two school allow students to wear NHS stole and that Plano Senior High does not.

The school has not made a statement on the matter.

Garrett Frederick has been a National Honor Society member since his sophomore year, dedicating himself to maintaining a...

Posted by WFAA-TV on Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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