Native Student Not Allowed To Graduate (education/news)

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Mike Matheson Superintendant:

The Principal is Angelika Brown:

By Trish Glose/KTVL.comHAPPY CAMP, Cal. -- A high school student, getting ready to graduate from Happy Camp High school, wanted to celebrate her heritage by wearing a basket cap with her gown. Her principal told her no.Now, Cheyenne Moore's mother is upset her daughter isn't allowed to wear it. Leslie Moore says her daughter is part Karuk. Along with necklaces and beads, females traditionally wear basket caps.My daughter is very in to her culture and the principal said she was not allowed to because the traditional caps were part of the ceremony, said Moore.Mike Matheson, with the Siskiyou Union High School district says students are only allowed to wear the traditional caps and gowns at all the high schools in the district. He says in Happy Camp, seniors are encouraged to wear traditional beads and necklaces to represent their heritage.Any other head gear other than a traditional cap is not allowed, Matheson said.Moore says her daughter is upset, her culture is very important to her and it's a big part of the community here in Happy Camp and people in the past have worn their caps.She says her daughter wanted to use the traditional cap in the ceremony, too when it was time to move the tassle and when the other students threw the caps into the air. Moore says her daughter plans on wearing the basket cap anyway, even though she was asked not to and said, I'll back her up 100 percent.Matheson says any student wearing anything other than the standard cap and gown will not be allowed to proceed.