It's double standards like this that make me sick. Schools claim to be "all about the kids" but when push comes to shove, they blow opportunities to acknowledge kids who do what schools claim they want students to do: work hard and succeed. Kiernan did something very impressive for a kid his age and the school has chosen to send a message that says, "Sure, we want you to do well, but not so well that we are forced to have to change the way we do things." Namely, allow a person willing to die for our country the right to wear the only clothing he is likely to own for many years to come to his own graduation ceremony.
Great job, Principal Simpson. Way to go, Petaluma School Board. It's not about patriotism, it's not about American sentiment. One of your kids did something great. Let him enjoy it by allowing him to wear his uniform while you adults just deal with it. This time next year, you'll still be sitting in your air conditioned offices eating Krispy Kremes. He might be sitting in a foxhole somewhere eating K-Rations. But, hey, at least the integrity of your precious ceremony will have been upheld, right?