Ariana Lacono, 14, poses for a photograph in Clayton, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010. Iacono was suspended from her high school when she refused to remove the small piercing stud in her nose. She and her mother belong to the Church of Body Modification, which calls itself a non-theistic religion in which members express their faith through tattoos, piercings and the like. (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)
September 16, 2010 6:46:30 AM PDT
By TOM BREEN, Associated Press Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. - September 16, 2010 --
A soft-spoken 14-year-old's nose piercing has landed her a suspension from school and forced her into the middle of a fight over her First Amendment right to exercise her religion.