When a teenage boy was suspended from school for wearing nail polish, an online petition started up and, now, he has won his fight.
Here's the full story...
Now, dress codes in schools have been called into question several times in the last few years...
In recent years, students have been calling out their schools for this specific reason.
The reasons they offer for this can be extremely problematic.
Including the fact that certain outfits may be "distracting" to male students in the class.
However, despite more and more students calling out this kind of sexism...
so schools can’t force students to wear a mask... but they can force girls to cover up when they wear a spaghetti strap tank top??? ok.— jocelyn vlores (@jocelyn vlores)1594785147.0
But, in this instance, one teenage boy got the support of the entire world.
The internet rallied behind the teen after he was suspended for wearing nail polish to school.
Trevor Wilkinson, a teenager from Texas, took a stand after he faced suspension for wearing nail polish late last year.
Wilkinson, who is openly gay, attends Clyde High School, which he publicly slammed for their "outdated policy." Speaking to KTAB TV, he said:
"Help me show that it is okay to express yourself and that the identity that society wants to normalize is not okay."
"I am a human."
"I am valid. I should not get in trouble for having my nails done."
"I went into my class and immediately my teacher sent me to the office because she said I broke dress code," Trevor later told Good Morning America.
"It's to remove discrimination sexism, homophobia racism in small towns that feel like they can enforce a dress code or rules that completely go against how people feel and completely go against freedom of expression and completely break the federal law at that matter."
He then launched a petition to dispute the school's policy.
"Sign and share this so people like me don't have to ever deal with this again. It's time for a change and that time is now."
Over 400,000 people signed the petition.
Of course, people were disgusted by the school's decision...
That policy is absolutely against the law. Discrimination on the basis of sex. Screw the petition, he should sue.— Heather Hamann (@hbalm) December 7, 2020
Good grief. This is 2020. Get with it, school district— JimMaybeJimmy (@jimmaybejimmy) December 7, 2020
I guess if the girls are allowed to wear mail polish, why can’t boys. The only reason for the distinction would be to enforce social stereotypes.— Art Wasson (@art_wasson) December 8, 2020
It's nail polish FFS. Hardly worth a suspension or any further attention. Let him back in.🙄— Will N DUMP THE GOP (@surfbro26) December 8, 2020
I am proud of him! And wholeheartedly support for his input.👏👏👏— Y, Australia (@YAustralia2) December 15, 2020
Men SHOULD be allowed to wear whatever they want! Talk about reverse discrimination! But our society is deeply rooted in this kind of thing and that must change.— Rick Hoyte NEVER FORGET 2020 AND 1/6/2021 (@RickHoyte) December 7, 2020
The school quickly responded to the backlash...
In a statement, they said: "The District conducts a diligent and thoughtful review of the dress code on an annual basis. That review process results in the development of a final dress code that is consistently implemented and enforced during the next school year. Parents and students are provided a copy of the dress code prior to the start of each new school year. Questions or concerns with the dress code are reviewed individually, and the District cannot share any information regarding a specific student."
But now, 4 months on from the initial suspension...
Trevor has won his fight.
Taking to Twitter, Trevor revealed that his school has officially changed its dress code to gender-neutral.
MY HIGH SCHOOLS DRESS CODE IS GENDER NEUTRAL FOREVER OH MY GOODNESS🥰— trevvvv;) (@trevvowilkinson) April 20, 2021
According to local ABC affiliate KTXS, the Clyde CISD school board voted on Monday to update the wording in its student handbook.
The new policy does not make the distinction between "boys" and "girls" and instead uses the term "students."
The gender-neutral student dress code also does not prevent students from wearing makeup, nail polish, jewelry, or piercings based on their gender.
"It is with great honor that I am pleased to announce that Clyde High School's dress code is officially gender-neutral forever," Trevor said after the change was announced.
"I'm at a loss of words for the joy I am feeling on this special day. I am so blessed by the support, love, and help I have received through this experience... I am very proud of my school for this, I'm glad that we finally got to this point and I think that it's inclusive for everyone."