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Students denied chance to wear cords honoring future military service

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Some Greenville, Michigan students say they were denied the chance to wear their honors cords at graduation.

A local organization gave the red, white and blue cords to student in honor of their future service in the military. 

Amy Eager's son, Tyler Navarre, is going into the Marines. She says it's something he's wanted to do, since he was little boy. 

"He watched 'Saving Private Ryan' I do believe is what got him passionate about it. He was like 'I want to do that. I'm going to save people when I grow up,'" Eager said. 

Eager is among many parents upset over the situation. 

“My feelings are quite disgusted actually. These children are signing their life away for the next four, five, some of them the next 20 years, so everyone can sleep peaceful in their beds,” Eager said.  

Christine Lincoln's daughter was given a red cord for consistently donating blood, but she and the others were told they couldn't wear the cords.

Lincoln was particularly upset about the military cords. Her husband did two tours in Iraq.

"My husband did two tours in Iraq and I've always stood behind our military no matter what," Lincoln said.

Lincoln has since started a petition to get the school to change the rules. It's gathered more than 275 signatures since 7 p.m. Monday, June 6.

"I think everyone should be able to be excited, happy, and acknowledge their achievements," Lincoln said. 

Superintendent Linda VanHouten said the reason she won't allow the cords is the school has to draw the line somewhere.

VanHouten added the cords should be limited to academic achievements only.

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