Tue 20 Dec 2005
Highlanders support kilt ban pupil
An American student banned from wearing a kilt to his high school
dance has won the support of a Highland community.
Nathan Warmack, 18, from Missouri, was told to change into trousers by
the school principal when he turned up wearing the tartan.
An online petition was launched demanding an apology from Jackson High
head Rick McClard, drawing more than 1,600 signatures.
The figure was boosted by residents of Caithness after a local
councillor posted a link to the petition on a community website.
Bill Fernie, councillor for Wick West, said: "One of the leaders of
Clan Gunn over in America contacted me and asked me to highlight what
had happened to the community here.
"Caithness is the home of the clan so he thought that people here
might be interested in showing their support for their petition. It's
something that a lot of people feel quite strongly about."
Warmack became interested in his Scottish heritage after watching Mel
Gibson play hero William Wallace in the film Braveheart. He bought a
kilt in red MacRae tartan on the internet and wore it with a shirt and
tie and to his school's formal dance.
He claimed that the principal ordered him to change, telling him that
he did not want anyone at the dance looking like a clown.
Members of the Clan Gunn Society of North America launched the
petition on November 19.
It reads: "How could a person who works with kids on a daily basis not
see the importance of self-esteem and the courage it takes young
people to show pride in their families' heritages? We truly hope Mr
McClard finds the courage to apologise to Nathan Warmack. He deserves
Š Copyright Press Association Ltd 2005
Contempt of Congress meter reading-offscale.
Hello, theocracy with a fundamentalist US Supreme
Court who will ensure church and state are joined
at the hip like clergy and altar boys.
America 1776-Jan 2001 RIP
"As democracy is perfected, the office of president
represents, more and more closely, the inner soul
of the people. On some great and glorious day the
plain folks of the land will reach their heart's
desire at last and the White House will be adorned
by a downright moron." --- H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
Religion is the original war crime.
-Michelle Malkin (Feb 26, 2005)
Followed swiftly by an amicus clanae filed by the Brotherhood
of Clowns, Jesters, and People with Huge Floppy Shoes International #37.