Native American student to school officials: "Let me wear my eagle feather"

LAKEWOOD, WA (KTRK) -- A high school senior believes she has a right to wear an eagle feather to her graduation, despite her school district's policy.

Lakes High School senior Waverly "Wave" Wilson told KIRO-TV the feather is more than just a decoration. It's a testament to her Native American heritage. She says wearing it would be a tribute to her ancestors.

At first, she thought she would have to hide the feather under her gown. School district officials later eased up, saying she could wear it, but only in her hair as an ornament.

"It's not an ornament. It's so much more than that," said Wilson.

Her school district does not allow decorations or modifications on graduation cords, caps or gowns. The district says the guidelines are in place to maintain the integrity of each graduating class.

Wilson's says the feather is not a decoration. Her mother also disagrees with the district's policy.

"I was really, really hoping that the district would look at this and say you know, this is an outdated policy," said Andi Dillon.

Wilson says she has another plan ready to go in case the school district does not allow her to display the feather with her cap and gown.
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