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Friday, January 27, 2006

Weird World: male student wins right to wear dress to high school

A male high school student has won the right to wear a dress to class in the US. Michael Coviello, 17, first wore a skirt to protest at his New Jersey school's ban on shorts. He donned a costume-style dress but was ordered to go home and change, reports Sky News. The district's superintendent then advised Mr Coviello to purchase "everyday" dresses and skirts at a retail store, which he did. 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. A deal has now been reached after the American Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with school officials. Students cannot wear shorts between October 1 and April 15 but allows skirts, a policy Mr Coviello felt was discriminatory. He said: "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."


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