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Girl challenging graduation ribbon ban to honor dead friend

FOLSOM, Pa. Pennsylvania girl says her school “no ribbons” policy on graduation has no meaning.

Angel Hall is set to graduate Tuesday evening from Ridley High School, outside Philadelphia. She was hoping to wear an orange ribbon on her dress to promote leukemia awareness for a friend, Steve Barnes, who died of the disease in the eighth grade.

But school officials are prohibited all the ribbons of all types as part of the graduation dress code.

Hall tells WTXF-TV that she and a number of classmates plan to break in to the line to honor their friend.

The district has issued a statement saying officials are “seen … a variety of options that may include a orange ribbon”, but also says the ribbons “will serve as a distraction” if they are worn to challenge the authority.

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Information: WTXF-TV, http://www.foxphiladelphia.com

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