Atmore, Alabama – 17-year old Chelsey Ramer was fined by her high school for wearing an eagle feather to her Grade-12 graduation ceremony after she was told she wasn’t allowed. The head master of her graduation ceremony had all the students sign a contract, which stated other stipulations (like no eagle feathers) before they walked the stage to receive their diploma.
Ramer didn’t signed the contract and still attended the graduation ceremony and wore her eagle feather proud, which she says represents her Poarch Creek Native American heritage as a member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians. But for wearing the eagle feather, she was fined $1000 dollars and denied her diploma and transcripts until she pays the fine.
“I dont think its fair at all…I feel like its kind of discrimination against me” said Ramer.
But since then, the school’s head master has been fired and the Ramer family is seeking legal consultation. See video below for more details.