On January 20, 2005 Chattanoogan reported, "county School board members on Thursday backed the administration on allowing a female Muslim student at East Ridge High School to wear a head scarf. Scott Bennett, an attorney for the board, said the East Ridge High principal acted correctly in allowing the scarf. Board member Rhonda Thurman had said she disagreed, saying the school system should not waver from the dress code. Attorney Bennett said there is not an overall county school dress code. He said individual schools and communities make that decision. He also said there is 'a tradition in Hamilton County' of allowing individuals to express their religious beliefs."