Student's Body Modification Religion Questioned After Nose Piercing Controversy

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The stud is a tiny piece of jewelry, a small peridot stone -- Ariana's birthstone. Her only other piercings are in her ears, which is permitted by the school. Her 12-year-old sister also has pierced ears.

Iacono said Ariana was offered to be allowed to wear what's known as a retainer in the hole, but Iacono, and LPN studying to become a registered nurse, said she worries about the threat of infection from the cheap and porous plastic of the retainer.

Both Iacono and Ariana said the hole in her nose would close and also be at risk of infection so soon after it was pierced if she were to simply leave it out.

"I do like school," Ariana said. "I've been so bored these past few days."

Iacono said her daughter is a good student and a diligent one and had been looking forward to high school. She's already looking at which colleges she might want to attend.

And though she's started to struggle to keep up with her school work since she's missed many of her lessons, Ariana is prepared to return to school next week only to be suspended again.

Right now she's been disciplined with one, three and five-day suspensions. Iacono said she was told that Ariana faced a 10-day suspension and a possible recommendation for an alternative high school if she again return with her nose piercing.

"I strongly feel there's no turning back to us," Iacono said, adding that she has reached out to the American Civil Liberties Union for help.

They'll have Ivey, their minister, cheering them on.

"All this little girl Ariana wants to do is wear her nasal piercing to remind her that she's a beautiful person," he said.

"For her, this nostril piercing isn't just something she wants to do," he said. "It's more than that."

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