January 11, 2006

Kilt-wearing Missouri high school boy wins apology

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A Missouri high school
student who was barred from a school dance because he was
wearing a Scottish kilt has received an apology from school
officials after the action sparked outrage among Scottish
heritage supporters.

In a letter dated January 9, Jackson School District
Superintendent Ron Anderson apologized to Jackson High School
senior Nathan Warmack and said the district would train
staffers how to properly apply the school dress code.

The letter came after more than two months of debate and
discussion about the actions of school officials when they
asked Warmack, who is of Scottish descent, to change into
trousers before entering the dance on November 5.

News of the event sparked an Internet petition, which was
ultimately signed by more than 10,000 supporters and championed
by the Clan Gunn Society of North America, which promotes
Scottish heritage and traditions.

"Individual members felt like there had been an injustice
to the young man," said society president Rich Gunn.