A Marine Faces the Rules

Marine Lindsay Starr. Photo via KDKA.

Rules are rules.  Then again, rules are made to be broken, right?  I normally don’t agree with “breaking the rules”. Yet when it comes to our U.S. Military, I will always make an exception. Always.  They sacrifice their lives for us.

A young 17-year-old Lindsay Starr, who recently graduated from Marine boot camp, decided she wanted to wear her Marine dress blues to her high school graduation ceremony. She was told no by the North Allegheny High School.

“When you wear this uniform, you wear it with pride”, Lindsay told CBS Pittsburgh.  “I’m just trying to show pride in what I belong to now. I belong to the United States Marine Corps as a 17-year-old,” she said. “Like, c’mon, now.”

Privately, teachers and students believe Starr should be able to wear her Marine dress blues. That doesn’t matter much. Administrators say policy is policy – wear the school colors – the cap and gown for the graduation ceremony – or don’t walk at all.

The school released a statement: “We have had these requests before. We just don’t do it. The required dress is cap and gown.”

Many commenters have said she is out of line. She should obey an “order” and “follow the rules”. Should she follow the required dress code?  When this young woman has decided to put her life on the line for our freedoms, shouldn’t she be able to wear that uniform with pride?


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But if she was a lesbian and wanted to dress up as a boy while her date plays the woman it would be “oh so cool and tolerant”. Yeah I said it and you all know it’s the truth. In this day and age anything that is anti-American, anti marriage, and pro perversion is the rule of law these days.

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Well, pride in the Marines is honorable but goes the wayside here I think, its a school thing and she should be proud to wear the school colors during this event, and when its a military thing, wear the uniform, not levi’s and a t-shirt.
There are times for conformity and respect of the customs or traditions and we should follow them.


You can bet if she were a Muslim and wanted to wear a burka the school admins would have no problem with it.

My guess is the professional wussifiers who run the school just don’t want her wearing a military uniform for graduation.



Denying Linday is WRONG. They should allow her to stand out from the immature lemmings she is graduating with. The other posters are absolutely correct about drag and burkas being allowed at commencement, instead of a patriot’s uniform.

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Regardless of whether the school allows the uniform or not, what would be really classy would be if every guest attending the commencement who is a veteran or supports our military, wore something to signify their military service, at least a flag pin in their lapel.


Question – as a Marine, was she not schooled on the obediance of rules, regulations and justice’s? And, if so why would she…as a young black female – boot graduate, choose to buck a long standing schools ceremonial policy? As a Marine myself (1967-70) Is it not, the lack of obedience of the National Laws that’s guided our Nation into the present circumstances?


My qyuestion is how did she go to boot camp and complete high school at the same time. This is a little weird.