Facial piercing has stirred up controversy at Northview High School, and student leaders have asked for a change.
Currently, the high school's policy is that students are not to have visible piercing other than in their ears.
The school guidelines say that violations of the piercing rule can be punished by a warning, in-school suspension or up to 10 days of out of school suspension and recommendation for expulsion, depending on the number of violations.
At the moment, clear spacers meant to keep the piercing open without actual jewelry, are not allowed as a school-day alternative.
Some students believe this rule is limiting their self-expression.
A petition to allow students to wear facial piercing has been passed around the school.
Bailey Deakins and Alyssa Driscoll were two of the students who helped create the petition.
The democratic process in the school began with petition approval by guidance counselor and student council advisor Scott McDonald.
The students collected more than 500 signatures from the student body, and then turned in the petition to McDonald last Thursday.
McDonald passed the petition to Principal Tim Rayle, who recommended that the student council review the proposed changes to the handbook.
The student council reviewed the proposed changes to the dress code, and passed a recommendation on to Rayle saying that piercing creates the same amount of distraction as various hair colors.
The next step is for Rayle to present the changes to the school board.
"This is something a lot of the kids felt like was an issue," student council advisor Scott McDonald said.
The student council at Northview High School meets with Rayle once a month to discuss issues within the student body.
Small ways to improve the morale in the school have already been put into action.
Students were having issues with where to put their books while in the bathroom, since backpacks are not allowed in the school.
After discussing the issue with the student council, Rayle had shelves put up in the men's and women's bathrooms.
Deakins, a sophomore who has an eyebrow ring, said she'd like the opportunity to at least wear a spacer so her piercing doesn't close during the day.
She feels that by not letting the students preserve the piercing, the school is preventing students from having their piercing outside of school.
Facial piercing has been considered distracting by the administration. The rule was put into place by the school board to encourage student concentration.