Green Hair, Face Tattoo Allowed In Yearbook

Senior wins battle with administrators over yearbook photo.

By Chris Roberts
|  Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 AM PDT
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Kenton Koos can appear in the Amador Valley High School yearbook exactly as he pleases: nose ring, green hair, and facial tattoo included.

The senior was initially banned from appearing in the yearbook due to his admittedly over-the-top appearance, according to the Bay Area News Group. The face tattoo -- fake -- was accompanied by a tuxedo, according to the newspaper.

School officials had initially blocked Koos's photo from inclusion in the yearbook, but changed their tune, citing Koos's right to "free speech," the newspaper reported.

"We don't want to violate any of the students' rights to free expression," said Odie Douglass, the assistant superintendent at the Pleasanton school district.

Koos, an independent study student, said he was relieved to hear his photo would be used "if he still feels strongly about it," the newspaper reported.

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