Teacher Shaves Beard For First Time Since 9/11

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It's official: We've moved past the initial jubilation/restrained approval phase of reporting on Osama bin Laden's death, and into the quirky human interest stories. Gary Weddle, a Washington middle school teacher who vowed on 9/11 that he wouldn't shave until we caught Osama bin Laden, broke out the razor last night. At first Weddle figured he'd shave within a few months, but at the beginning of each school year he's been telling his students that his increasingly scraggly beard is a reminder of the attacks. The beard was gone before President Obama made his address. "I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn't get it off fast enough," said Weddle.

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He really shaved because his ZZ Top cover band broke up. The timing is just coincidence.

In related news, his next air travel experience won't involve a TSA interrogation.