Male Student Wins Fight to Wear Skirt

Male Student Wins Fight to Wear Skirt

The Associated Press
Wednesday, January 25, 2006; 9:57 AM

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — A male high school student can wear a skirt to school after the American Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with school officials.

The ACLU announced the deal Tuesday. It will allow a Hasbrouck Heights School senior to wear a skirt to protest the school’s no-shorts policy.

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The district’s dress code bans shorts between Oct. 1 and April 15, but allows skirts, a policy 17-year-old Michael Coviello believes is discriminatory.

“I’m happy to be able to wear skirts again to bring attention to the fact that the ban on shorts doesn’t make sense,” Coviello said in a statement.

The Hasbrouck Heights superintendent, Joseph C. Luongo, did not return telephone messages left Tuesday seeking comment.

Coviello first wore a costume-style dress but high school officials told him to go home and change. The district’s superintendent then advised the Coviello to purchase everyday dresses and skirts at a retail store, which Coviello did, the ACLU said.

But after a few days, he was sent home with a note from his principal saying if he wore a dress, kilt or skirt, he could no longer attend school.

Okay, so this guy thinks that it is unfair that girls can wear skirts and guys can’t wear shorts.  I applaud his bringing attention to this issue by the way he is.  However, his logic is flawed, for the wearing of skirts and shorts is not the same.  Women can wear a skirt to a job interview, yet I would caution anyone, male or female, from wearing shorts.  The definition of skirt was not given, as not all skirts are the same, nor do they give the same sense of identity of a person.  However, the equivocation of one with the other simply because a little leg is showing is problematic.

Entertaining  news though.

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