December 9, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- A Hueytown High School student who was ordered to remove his stud earrings said he's glad the Jefferson County school system has dropped its policy against male students wearing earrings.
Hunter Mahaffey had to remove his earrings the first day he wore them to school after having his ears pierced in April.
He said he plans to have his ears pierced again and keep them pierced this time.
The Southern Poverty Law Center had contended the school system's ban discriminated on the basis of sex and violated students' right of free speech.
School Superintendent Phil Hammonds said the board decided it was better to spend tax dollars on learning opportunities for students rather than on legal bills to defend the ban.
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