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B.C. student fights culinary school's piercing ban

School changed dress code after she enrolled, says student

A B.C. culinary school won't allow one of its students to complete her studies because she refuses to follow a new dress code that requires the removal of her facial jewelry and large earrings, the student says.

The International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Vancouver changed its dress code in 2006, banning students from having facial piercings. Former student Niseema Emery said that was not the rule when she enrolled and the school's policy is unfair.

"It's one of the ways that I express myself and I'm not willing to change that," said Emery. "It makes me feel good. It's like putting makeup on in the morning, getting ready to go. It's exactly the same as any other kind of piercing or ear piercing, it's just a little bit bigger."

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