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16-year-old transfer student Jonathan Escobar began attending North Cobb High School wearing wigs, make-up, skinny jeans, vintage tops and women’s flats.
Should students be able to cross-dress at school if they want to?
That’s the question for a public school in Kennesaw, Ga., which is demanding one of its male students dress in a more “manly” fashion for class.
As the Atlanta Constitution reports, 16-year-old transfer student Jonathan Escobar began attending North Cobb High School wearing wigs, make-up, skinny jeans, vintage tops and women’s flats.
Packs of kids gathered around him in the cafeteria, and the school's assistant principal even blamed a fight on Escobar's theatrical attire.
On his third day at the school, Escobar showed up wearing a pink wig. He was approached by a school official who told him he could either stop dressing in this typically feminine manner or consider home-schooling.
Citing a school dress code that prohibits students from wearing clothing that may "contribute to a disruption of school functions," the school stands by its decision to confront Escobar on his outfits.
But a student group on Facebook called "Support Jonathan" has over 1,000 members protesting the decision. Organizers have printed bright pink T-shirts emblazoned with that slogan, which many students plan to wear to school to show their displeasure, the Atlanta paper reports.
Escobar sees the school's edict as an infringement on his creative expression. "If I can't express myself, I won't go to school," he told the paper. "I want to get the message out there that because this is who I am, I can't get an education."
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