“Imagine your school not allowing boys to paint their nails and giving boys ISS [in-school suspension] for it,” Trevor Wilkinson tweeted. “And the whole administration being okay with it, homophobic and sexist? Welcome to West Texas.”
A high school senior in Texas took to social media to bring attention to an issue he’s having with his school district’s dress code.
Trevor, 17, asked for the public’s support after receiving in-school suspension for his painted fingernails at Clyde High School in Clyde, Texas.
Clyde Consolidated Independent School District’s dress code prohibits male fingernail colors. Wilkinson says it’s discriminatory.
“I have been doing this to express who I am,” Wilkinson said. “I’ve been trapped in closed minded people’s minds… I love my nails. I think they’re so cool. I’m definitely using it to express myself and feel everyone should have that freedom of expression.”
In the high school’s student handbook, found on the district’s website, Clyde High explicitly prohibits men from wearing facial makeup and nail polish.
Wilkinson, a senior at Clyde High, created an online petition on the website change.org, aimed at calling attention to the school district’s dress code, which he said is discriminatory.