Seems the teenager committed the crime of wearing a bolo tie under his graduation gown. That violated the dress code. Boys were supposed to wear a necktie - exactly what a bolo is -- just ask anyone west of the Mississippi. And Benya, a native American, sees bolos as proper ties.
Mr Benya is getting some support from out west. Gov Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) is miffed. He told the Washington Post:
"To have some high school say that a bolo tie is not a tie is an outrage. In Montana and anyplace in Indian country, a bolo tie is dressed up. A tie is a tie."
OK, that's out west. This happened in Charles County, Maryland, a very rural suburb of Washington, DC, on the right coast.
But the same issue of bolo ties' appropriateness came up a few years ago in the US Senate -- where male Senators must wear a tie on the Senate floor. Then-Sen Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-CO) had refused to wear any kind of tie other than a bolo when he was in the House. He'd asked for and gotten permission to wear a bolo in the lower chamber. There wasn't even a second thought in granting it.
After his election to the Senate -- the worlds greatest deliberative body, decided without debate that bolos are in fact neckties -- and quite appropriate wear when debating the issues of the Republic.
The former Senator also chimed in for Mr Benya, telling the Post:
"It seems to me that if the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Senate give latitude to members of the highest body in the land, a high school shouldn't be so uptight...."
And if a high school is this out of touch with America, and can't accept what is considered business wear west of the Mississippi -- or even west of the Potomac now -- perhaps Mr Benya shouldn't worry.
A diploma from such a backwards, backwater school isn't worth having.
Perhaps he should just move on. Maybe consider a job in the Senate. (Houston Chronicle)
[Crossposted at BlogCritics.org]