Twelve-year-old Suzannah Pabla pierced her nose as a way to connect with her Indian heritage, however, her school deemed it as grounds for suspension.
According to the Associated Press, Suzannah was suspended from her public school in Bountiful, Utah last month for violating a ban on body piercings. The school considered the seventh grader's nose piercing a cultural choice, rather than a religious requirement. Eventually, school officials compromised by saying she could wear a clear stud in her nose, and allowed Suzannah to return to class.
"I wanted to feel more closer to my family in India because I really love my family," Suzannah said.
"I just thought it would be OK to let her embrace her heritage and her culture," Suzannah's mother added. "I didn't know it would be such a big deal."