Gary Weddle, a middle school science teacher from Ephrata, Washington sports a long, gray beard as a patriotic statement. After the September 11 attacks, Weddle vowed not to shave until Osama bin Ladin was caught or killed. Five years later, bin Ladin remains at large, and the beard remains... large. Weddle gives a brief explanation for his beard at the start of each school year and says he still gets "emotional over the families who lost loved ones. I just don't feel there's any closure on this until they get that guy." As for the family, the daughters don't mind, but their boyfriends think it's cool. Mrs. Weddle, however, loathes it.