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Spirit Week ‘Gender Bender Day’ Violates School Dress Code?

November 17, 2010

…we all remember Spirit Week in high school… the week when anything goes and anything can be worn (or not worn)!

Or at least I thought that was the understanding… and obviously students at Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina thought the same.

But this year, one student pushed ‘Gender Bender Day’ too far, (at least in the eyes of the administration).  Arryn Tyler, an openly lesbian student who normally wears typically “male” clothing, decided to participate in ‘Gender Bender Day’ by wearing feminine clothing.  (Putting some real creativity, cultural insight, and humor into what would normally be just another lame Spirit Week day!)

…of course the administration didn’t appreciate her clothing “commentary” as much as we do.  The Principal, Vanessa Alford, called an assembly and asked all the boys to go home and change because their girlish get-ups weren’t appropriate.  Arryn got up to leave as well, since she was, of course, dressed like the boys were for ‘Gender Bender Day’…

As Arryn Tyler put it, “Technically, I’m wearing what they’re wearing today.”

As Arryn was leaving the auditorium, a male school administrator asked why she would even bother with ‘Gender Bender Day’.  Naturally, as any self-respecting person would do, she swore at him.  (Admittedly, not the least confrontational thing you can do in high school, but you have to stand up for yourself, right!?)

Swearing got her restrained and then arrested by a Sheriff’s Deputy, and charged with assault of a government official (even though she was the one taken to the hospital in an ambulance…)

While the real issue here is the homophobic comment made by a high school administrator, the school and Sheriff’s Department seem to want to bring the focus back on the student’s “inappropriate” clothing choice!  (In a weird twist of ‘she’s-asking-for-it-by-wearing-that-outfit’.)

Even though Arryn consulted the school’s dress code before going to school that day, a Sheriff’s Department spokeswomen wanted to add that “she wasn’t covered well.”

…seems to me like someone else is trying to cover their ass…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2010 11:36 am

    I’m not alone in having noticed a regional tendency for up-tightness in the South–a place with entrenched beliefs about right and wrong, where efforts to bend gender roles via high school drag is bound to get people’s panties in a wad. They don’t call it the Bible-belt for nothing!

  2. November 20, 2010 11:35 pm

    WHAT THE F$%& ?!?!

    that’s retarded

  3. November 29, 2010 6:45 am

    This is really bizarre. I never thought I would see the day when a girl would be questioned for wearing girl’s clothing. For once she actually had it right.

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