HS senior confronts school board over “discriminatory, sexist policy that needs to be changed”

Trevor Wilkinson spoke at his West Texas school board meeting about how he is being denied an education because he wore nail polish to school.

“This isn’t about me anymore, it’s about a discriminatory, sexist policy that needs to be changed.”

Wilkinson went to school wearing nail polish and received an in-school suspension because he violated the dress code, which bans male students from wearing nail polish and make-up. He was told he would stay in ISS until he removed the nail polish.

“I got my education taken away from me for something as minor as painting my nails because it’s against the dress code,” he told the Clyde CISD school board, wearing nail polish.

He then explained why the policy is so harmful to LGBTQ students.

“Having a double standard like this only shows that Clyde doesn’t accept kids for who they are and they shouldn’t be themselves because the very people that are supposed to create a safe environment can’t accept them,” he said.

“Diversity is what makes this country so beautiful.”

The school board isn’t changing its decision. Superintendent Kenny Berry said in a statement “the District expects students to abide by established rules of conduct” and that the dress code will not change before the district’s “annual review of the Student Handbook.”

“Until that time, the District will assure that no student is treated in a discriminatory or inequitable manner.”

via LGBTQ Nation

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