Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Atlanta Teen Drops Out Of School Over Dress Code

Sixteen-year old Jonathan Escobar dropped out of North Cobb High School because he wouldn't comply with administrator's demands that he "dress more manly." Escobar's wardrobe, which consists of wigs, makeup and skinny jeans, led to a fight between two students.

Escobar said he talked to school officials about his appearance before enrolling and was told it wouldn't be a problem. Now the same officials say the teen must dress more masculine or consider being home-schooled. Since he dropped out, 900 fellow students have created a Facebook group called Support Jonathan.

Escobar said if he wouldn't go to school if he could not express himself.

"If I can't express myself, I won't go to school," he said. "I want to get the message out there that because this is who I am, I can't get an education."

All I can say is that this kid has more courage in his painted pinky toe than I had in my entire body when I was 16. It's also a pleasant surprise that he has so much support at school, especially considering said school is in Atlanta. While Escobar's appearance is different from most male students, it's not like he came to school in full-blown drag, face beat to an inch of his life. No one bats an eyelash when girls have short cuts or fades and wear baggy clothes. Guys should be given the same treatment. Watch the news story here.

*A sidenote: His jacket and heels are fabulous lol!

3 comments:

ExaminedLife said...

OMG, is someone from Morehouse watching this!?

Kevin said...

OMG, is someone from Morehouse watching this!?

Lmao!

ToddyEnglish said...

Honestly, I may have to side with the school on this. While I respect expression the school handbook states that no outfits are to be over the top.
Does have have to come to school in pink wigs in order to get an education?
School is not about striking a pose. It is about Education. And if I were his parents I would put my foot in his ass...Droppin out over some dumbshit.

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