A Stephens County High School sophomore is trying to force school administrators to change a rule that prohibits him from holding hands with his girlfriend in school.

The student, Ricky Hollifield, asked the Stephens County school board Tuesday to overturn a rule that defines holding hands as "inappropriate bodily contact."Hollifield noted that while school rules prohibit hand-holding, another rule requires the homecoming queen and her court to hold hands with their escorts during a homecoming ceremony.

Hollifield and his 15-year-old girlfriend, Toni Standridge, presented the board with a letter and a petition signed by 170 students, parents and local residents who support hand-holding.