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Emo Boy Fights To Right To Wear Make-Up To School

by | 26th, September 2008

IF girls can wear make-up to school, why not boys?

A Hamilton teenager is fighting for his right to wear makeup at school, but school leaders say it’s a distraction.

“They’re gender stereo-typing. He’s being sexually discriminated against. Nowhere in the rules does it say that males can’t wear make-up” says Mindy Ball.

The Hamilton mother says she stands 100% behind her son, 13-year-old Matt Allsup, an eighth grader at Garfield Middle School who wears black eye makeup, lipstick and fingernail polish.

But on Monday, he was told to wash the makeup off his face, with the assistant principal telling him it was distracting and against dress code.

“When I spoke to the principal,” Ball says, “She told me it was distracting because of the black makeup and I said, ‘Well, I’ll get him pink,’ and she said no, because he’s a male, he’s not allowed to wear it, the public don’t accept males wearing make-up.”

Allsup says, “None of my classmates found it distracting or anything – and it’s not extreme. I don’t see why I can’t wear it.”

Ball and her son point out that every student is required to wear a character badge – and one of the qualities it pledges is acceptance.

“It says, ‘do you value the uniqueness of all students,’ and they’re not letting me be unique,” says Allsup. “I don’t see why we have to wear them if we’re not able to express who we are.”

Says Rachel Lucas:

You know, I’ve always thought the best way to handle any public school situation like this would be to put it up to a vote by all the people who are paying for the kid’s education – the taxpayers of the district. If I’m paying for all these little turkeys to get their learnin’, I should get a say in what kind of stupid shit they’re allowed to get away with, or not.

Agree?



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