School orchestra bans 6th-grader's purple violin
This instrument is definitely different: Not only does it have sentimental value, it's purple - and that was where school officials drew the line. They insisted Camille had to play a violin the same color as everyone else's, or she couldn't play at all.
Camille told the Daily Times her classmates were not distracted by her violin. "They said, 'Oh, that's so cool. I wish we all had purple violins,'" she said.
But the girl's musical career hit a sour note on the second day of school this month when her teacher informed her the purple violin was out, and that she would have to rent one of the district's violins for $30.