Suspended from her North Carolina high school for violating the dress code, Ariana Iacono, 14, says her nose ring is a religious symbol and therefore constitutionally protected.
“I think it’s kind of stupid for them to kick me out of school for a nose piercing,” she said. “It’s in the First Amendment for me to have freedom of religion.”
Ariana and her mother, Nikki, 32, belong to the Church of Body Modification, which actually exists.
Richard Ivey, the Iaconos’ Raleigh-based minister in the church, believes it’s a case of officials dismissing something unfamiliar.
. . . Ivey describes the church as a non-theistic faith that draws people who see tattoos, piercings and other physical alterations as ways of experiencing the divine.
School policy provides for dress-code exemptions based on religious faith, so the Iaconos are bound to prevail.