17-year-old Chelsey Ramer is being denied her diploma and being fined $1,000 as well for wearing a feather reflecting her Native American heritage by her school Escambia Academy High School!
“About two months ago, me and the other Indian seniors from the graduating class asked our headmaster if we could wear the feathers on our caps,” Ramer said “She told us ‘no’ and that if we did, she would pull us off the field.”
However the headmaster, who denied Ramer’s request, Betty Warren, has been replaced by David Walker, who coaches Escambia’s girls basketball team.
“He said if it was up to him, he would give me my diploma,” Ramer says. “But he had to go through the board to get it approved.”
The eagle feather is part of her Native American Heritage.Ramer belongs to the Poarch Creek Band of Indians. Ramer is of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians. They have lived in Alabama as a distinct community for the last two centuries.
All she wanted to wear the feather as a show of pride for her heritage. It is very unfair that she is not allowed to do that. Not only that, but the fact that her diploma has been withheld, just goes to show how narrow minded and intolerant a society can be!