US teacher shaves for first time since 9/11 attacks

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 13:30

Washington: A middle school teacher vowed after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, that he would not shave his beard until Osama bin Laden was caught. Gary Weddle kept his word Sunday evening.

"I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn`t get it off fast enough," Weddle, 50, told the Capital Press.

Weddle, who lives in East Wenatchee and teaches in Ephrata, had wanted to cut his beard for years. The gray stringy growth actually made him look a bit like bin Laden, the mastermind of the 2001 attacks who was killed by US forces.

Weddle was a substitute teacher in Wenatchee when the terrorist attacks occurred on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, killing some 3,000 people.

Weddle said he was so absorbed in the news that he neglected to shave. A week or so later, he decided not to shave until bin Laden was captured or proven dead. He figured it would just be a month or two.


First Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 13:30

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