Students defend male classmate - who wears heels to school! WOW! And in Florida!

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    Apr 21, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/188080/250/Students-defend-male-classmate---who-wears-heels-to-school

    Riverview, Florida -The school dress code sets a standard. So when a male student at Riverview High School decided to wear heels to school on Friday, an assistant principal asked him to take off his shoes.

    "It really wasn't a dress code violation but a matter of his own well-being, and if the attire causes disruption," explains Bob Heilmann, principal at Riverview High School.

    "It also says you're not supposed to be discriminated against by race, sexuality or religion. If girls can wear heels why can't boys wear heels," says 11th grader Morgan Rodgers, about the dress code policy.

    Rodgers says the student has a right to express his sexuality. But Heilmann says this case comes down to safety. "Part of bullying is to try to prevent it whether people make fun of what you are wearing, or your hair. If I can prevent that I will prevent that," says Heilmann

    Rodgers says school administrators should have left the student alone."By pulling him out of class, I feel it caused more of a distraction than him actually wearing the heels."

    To show their support, some students made tags for classmates to wear. One tag says "support diversity" and they didn't stop there.

    "We have a very accepting population at our school," says Rodgers, adding, "I feel it might have been more a representation of teacher opinion of those students by wearing them, rather than a safety issue."

    Morgan Rogers and her friends set up a theme week. Monday everyone would wear heels, Tuesday cross dress and on Wednesday girls wear blue and boys pink.

    The principal is wearing his pink tie. Heilmann says, "I think the message to the school to all of us is respect everybody whoever they may be."

    On Tuesday another male student wore his girlfriend's dress to school. The principal and the student's father asked him to change his clothes.

    The student who wore the heels to class did not want to be identified.
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    Apr 21, 2011 1:18 AM GMT
    About once a week or so, I like to wear my jogging pants and a tight UnderArmour compression shirt.
    At first people laughed at me.
    Now I started a trend...others are doing it. icon_lol.gif
  • tazzari

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    Apr 21, 2011 1:35 AM GMT
    Good post. "Even in Florida" the younger generation is starting to see through the BS.
  • groundcombat

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    Apr 21, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Sounds like a distraction to me...
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    Apr 21, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    This sounds more like a case of kids trying to get away with shit.
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    Apr 21, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra saidThis sounds more like a case of kids trying to get away with shit.


    Jeeez you're SOOOOO BOOOOOOOORING. And such a SQUARE!

  • turtleneckjoc...

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    Apr 21, 2011 3:11 AM GMT
    I could see this being a non-newsworthy item in Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, but in Riverview....???

    I'm surprised the student's house wasn't burned to the ground and the radical right took to the streets in protest!

    I'm sure there will be a comment from our brain-dead homophobe governor too.......
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    Apr 21, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    TigerTim said
    AvadaKedavra saidThis sounds more like a case of kids trying to get away with shit.


    Jeeez you're SOOOOO BOOOOOOOORING. And such a SQUARE!



    People who live in Ohio should not be calling anyone else boring... ANYONE. Including the door knobs on my door and this rock:

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    Apr 21, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    TigerTim said
    AvadaKedavra saidThis sounds more like a case of kids trying to get away with shit.


    Jeeez you're SOOOOO BOOOOOOOORING. And such a SQUARE!



    give him a break, he's almost 30. He can't keep up with these crazy kids. Their talking about MP3 players and he's trying to figure out when the MP 1s and 2s came out.
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    Apr 21, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
    AvadaKedavra said
    TigerTim said
    AvadaKedavra saidThis sounds more like a case of kids trying to get away with shit.


    Jeeez you're SOOOOO BOOOOOOOORING. And such a SQUARE!



    People who live in Ohio should not be calling anyone else boring... ANYONE. Including the door knobs on my door and this rock:

    031708CA.jpg


    why is your rock smoking a joint?
  • mynyun

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    Apr 21, 2011 3:32 AM GMT

    Well while this kid may be congratulated for being different and standing up to discrimination, his actions can cause disruption instead of his statement.

    Some schools post in handbook about personal and profession appearance. Which is different than discrimination. For example a girls skirt or dress to be of a certain length and no shorter. Or guys to have no holes in their pants. So while the book may not say 'students of the male persuasion may not wear heals of any kind, length or color as well as clothing in the form of skirts, dresses, togas or slips excluding kilts.'

    Maybe the kid is gay, bi trans, curious or just confused but wearing the heels would violate their dress code more than being a statement for anti-discrimination.

    In my opinion.
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    Apr 21, 2011 3:36 AM GMT
    sounds like a fierce walk-off a brewin!
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    groundcombat saidSounds like a distraction to me...


    Do go on and elaborate plz.

    FYI I'm against dress code personally. I hate it. At that age clothing attire is an expression of personality.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:34 AM GMT
    Girls period shouldn't be allowed to wear Heels in high school since most of them don't even know how to walk in them icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Lenoxx said Girls period shouldn't be allowed to wear Heels in high school since most of them don't even know how to walk in them icon_razz.gif


    hahaha i like this.
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    Apr 21, 2011 4:57 AM GMT
    yeah....i manage a shoe store, most of the girls i work with cant even walk around in those things for 4 hours, how he did it is beyond me.

    in all honesty, heels dont go with pants anyway, so he shouldn't have worn them.
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:51 AM GMT
    Oh. My Gosh!

    I almost spilled my drink when I saw this. I graduated from Riverview High School in 2005!

    That school is (or was, probably not anymore) located way out in the suburbs of Tampa, but they did have a really diverse population. Thing is, that school is so big and has so many students going there from all over the South Tampa Bay area...so you seen all sorts. That's why people don't understand when I bitch about living out in Texas and Denver and say it's not diverse! Because compared to that it isn't!

    The kids were more crazy and open-minded but the older adult teachers were always very conservative types. That's just crazy though...Go Sharks!

    I personally wouldn't make too much of a ruckus out of it though because a lot of Florida schools were pushing to getting uniforms...I was lucky to go thru all my years without once having to dress in uniform
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    Apr 21, 2011 5:52 AM GMT
    pat3rob saidyeah....i manage a shoe store, most of the girls i work with cant even walk around in those things for 4 hours, how he did it is beyond me.

    in all honesty, heels dont go with pants anyway, so he shouldn't have worn them.


    They do go well with a nice pair of skinny jeans though icon_biggrin.gif
  • rndale

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    Apr 21, 2011 6:16 AM GMT
    I got into trouble for wearing a my trench coat to private school the day of the shootings. We don't get TV reception only use the thing to watch movies. Even though it was a khaki London Fog half coat I was taken to the principals office, parents were called, all because we had no idea, all at a private Christian school. I still wear full coats, you put it on you put it on you can go to the theater you take it off and go to a restaurant, simple.
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    Apr 21, 2011 6:23 AM GMT
    I say throw them in the chokey.
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    Apr 21, 2011 6:29 AM GMT
    Ppl should just go back to uniforms yo
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    Apr 21, 2011 6:32 AM GMT
    Jcaliguy saidI say throw them in the chokey.



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    Apr 21, 2011 6:37 AM GMT
    Good for the students.
    Seriously.
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    Apr 21, 2011 6:41 AM GMT
    It's too obvious he did it for attention.

    If he wasn't popular enough to the point where he knew he'd be backed up by other people, then he probably would've gotten a hella bad ass beating for pulling that shit.

    And since when is wearing high heels an expression of sexuality!??! what?!
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    Apr 21, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidsounds like a fierce walk-off a brewin!




    *giggles*