Education: The Cost of Snobbery

Nine girls in the senior class at Royal Oak (Mich.) High School went through graduation ceremonies last week, but they didn't graduate. They got blank diplomas instead. It was Principal Miles W. Marks's way of punishing them for belonging to high-school sororities, illegal in Michigan.

Marks had warned them all a year ago that he would have no organized cliques in his school, and the girls promised to disband. When he found out that three societies were still going, Principal Marks docked each of the 36 offenders ten study credits—to be made up in summer school. For seniors, that meant no graduation.

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