After four years of research into their heritage, the Warmack family of Missouri were delighted to discover that they originated from the Clan MacRae.
Their ancestors were named MacRaw, a recognised variant of the MacRae name, but rearranged the letters (and later added the k) as a disguise when fleeing Scotland during the Jacobite uprising.
Proud of his origins, 18 year old Nathan Warmack, a strapping and popular student at Jackson High School, bought a kilt in the traditional red MacRae tartan to wear at the school's "Silver Arrow" dance, a decision that was met with enthusiasm from his family, fellow football players and girlfriend.
This excitement, however, was not equalled by the schools principle, Richard McClard, who defiantly insisted that Nathan could not attend the event as the attire would cause too much of a distraction.
"You can honour your heritage in Scotland," McClard is said to have told Nathan, "but you can't go in here looking like a clown. This is considered proper attire in Scotland, but it's not considered proper attire in my school."
McClard later denied making this statement, but attempts to verify his comments and to clarify the school's policy met with unreturned correspondence.
The family is hoping to attend a school board meeting this month to address the issue where results of an online petition will also be presented.
The petition, at www.petitiononline.com, has received (as of 01/01/2006) nearly 12,000 signatures and thousands of words of support from around the world.
UPDATE 12 April 2006: Nathan receives apology