School bans military stole at graduation

By Taxpayers Association of Oregon

Officials at Reynolds High School in Troutdale refused to let graduates who enlisted in the military wear the stoles of their chosen armed services branches, prompting outrage from their families. Angel Lopez Lane, who enlisted in the Marines, planned to wear his stole when he crossed the stage to accept his high school diploma, but school officials told him and others to stow the stoles before entering. His mother, Amber Lane, was furious. The school district stated it prohibits wearing any post-high school or cultural stoles at graduation. Beaverton and Portland Public Schools don’t ban the wearing of military stoles.

A similar incident recently occurred in Woodland High School in Washington.

This comes as military recruitment is seeing record low recruitment and 41,000 gap.