(10 TV) – A New Jersey high school senior joining the U.S. Marines was denied the opportunity to wear his military sash at graduation. His parents told CBS New York that the school principal even threatened to have their son escorted out by police.
Graduating from Point Pleasant Boro High School was supposed to be a happy milestone for 18-year-old Billy Borowsky. And joining the Marines has been his lifelong dream.
His sister served, and in the sixth grade, he even hung the American and Marine flags over his bed. His recruiter gave him a red sash to put his pride on display when getting his diploma.
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But his father Bill Borowsky Sr. said a few days before graduation, the school told his son they would not let him wear the sash. Principal Kurt Karcich told the family that graduates cannot decorate their cap or gown – and there are no exceptions.
"He said 'well if I do it for the military, I have to do it for all other groups and organizations that make requests,'" the father told CBS New York.