May 3, 2002 at 6:09 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 12:17 AM
LUCKEY, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old student has been suspended twice in the last month for wearing a diamond stud in her nose.
Penta Career Center suspended Amanda Schiffer for five days on April 10 for refusing to remove the stud.
When she returned to class on April 19, she still had the stud in her nose. So the school suspended her an additional 10 days. The vocational center said the diamond stud violated school policy.
Her suspension is over Monday. But if she returns to class with the nose jewelry, she could be expelled.
Schiffer and her parents said the policy is unfair and has nothing to do with her education.
"I know why there are rules," she said Thursday. "I think rules are important for safety and educational purposes at school. But I don't think they should be able to make personal decisions for you."
School officials say the issue is related to education and career training.
Students who come to the school for juniors and seniors enroll in specific vocational programs. Schiffer was training for a career in horticulture.
Patricia Schultz, the assistant superintendent, said Penta follows industry standards to help students train for jobs. That includes a ban on facial jewelry -- excluding earrings -- that are prohibited in many jobs.
Schultz said students also must adhere to a dress code.
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