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Tattoo and piercing policy moves ahead



A couple of teachers stepped forward to question the wisdom of the Pasco School Board's proposal to restrict visible tattoos and piercings that violate the community standard. "What I'm concerned is, is this the camel's nose under the tent?" said Land O'Lakes High teacher Robert Marsh. He wondered if hair length, or shoe selection, might get policed next. "I don't know where this is going," he said, suggesting the policy might scare away good teachers. Union vice president Frank Roder noted that many employees work across the county, and might be subject to several different standards. "What is acceptable? What is offensive? And where do we draw the line?" Roder asked.

Board members didn't harbor such concerns about the idea, which neighboring school districts do not follow. "I don't think what we have added here is real restrictive," vice chairwoman Kathryn Starkey said. "I do think it is important to have some type of boundary. I'm real comfortable with it." Moments later, the board unanimously approved the policy, which would take effect upon a second reading next month.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:16am]


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