SeMo Kilt Controversy Lives On

JANUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 4:16 p.m. CST

JACKSON, MO - It appears the great kilt debate in southeast Missouri has come to a close.

A Jackson High School senior who was told to change out of a kilt at a school dance this fall received an apology during a school board meeting last night.  It came with a promise from the district's superintendent to train staff in properly interpreting the dress code.

Senior Nathan Warmack wore a kilt to a dance in November with a dress shirt and tie as a way to recognize his Scottish heritage.  The principal told Warmack to change into pants.  The decision sparked an Internet petition that drew international comment and angered Scottish heritage organizations who felt the student's outfit was appropriate.

Warmack's family today thanked the school board and said Nathan plans to wear his Scottish kilt to the prom.

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