Although the financial specifics of the settlement aren't available, Ariana will be permitted to return to school with her piercing, her record will be wiped clean, and she'll be allowed to retake a class which she failed while out of school under suspension. More importantly, the school's dress code policy will be amended so that school officials aren't put in a position of having to figure out which practices might be part of religious doctrine and which ones are not. Consequently, "students will be given more leeway in demonstrating that their religious beliefs are sincere."
Ariana and her mother are members of the Church of Body Modification, a religious group that promotes "ancient and modern body modification rites ... to strengthen the bond between mind, body and soul".
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