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EPHRATA, Wash. —
A middle school teacher in Ephrata, Wash., vowed after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that he would not shave his beard until Osama bin Laden was caught.
Gary Weddle shaved his lengthy beard off on Monday.
School principal Jill Palmquist honored Weddle on Monday, telling students they should admire the teacher for sticking to his vow not to shave for 3,454 days. Weddle's stringy, gray beard came to resemble bin Laden's beard.
Palmquist said Weddle endured ridicule, jokes and people telling him it was a lost cause.
An elite crew of American forces killed bin Laden during a daring raid on Monday, capping the world's most intense manhunt. He was the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
He should have shaved it when Bin Laden actually died... in December 2001.
Nice try, sheeple gotta have hobbies too I guess.
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"I wanted him to get rid of it, but it was his vow," his wife Donita said. "I respected his passion and keeping a vow. I was willing to look past the beard because I love him."
Now she said her husband looks 10 years younger.
"It's a very happy moment for us," she said. "It's a very happy moment for the whole nation."