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High school senior allowed to wear Marine uniform for graduation

Principal reverses initial decision

Posted: March 5, 2009 9:06 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2009 6:09 p.m.
A local high school senior will wear his Marine uniform during his graduation ceremony following an uproar from the community and Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon, a school official said Wednesday.

"Nicholas Laccabue is going to walk proudly in his dress blues at the Saugus High School graduation ceremony June 3rd," said Bill Bolde, the school's principal, in a statement. "I am looking forward to putting the lamp of learning medallion around his neck, shaking his hand and telling him ‘well done' as he crosses the stage."

Laccabue left for boot camp Dec. 15 after finishing high school early.

In December, Bolde denied Laccabue's request to wear his military uniform.

The William S. Hart Union High School District has a site-by-site policy in place, which allows principals to decide whether a student can wear something other than a cap and gown to graduation.

Community leaders, including Congressman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), criticized Bolde for his initial decision.


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