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Texas school district re-evaluating dress code after male student suspended for wearing makeup

INSIDER logoINSIDER 9/14/2018 Kelly McLaughlin
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  • A boy at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, Texas, was given an in-school suspension for wearing makeup to class.
  • The Alvin Independent School District's dress code policy says "boys may not wear make-up."
  • Asst. Superintendent Daniel Combs said the dress code "is not set in stone" and is reviewed regularly.

A school district in Texas is re-evaluating its dress code policy after a male student was given an in-school suspension for wearing makeup to class.

The student at Shadow Creek High School in Pearland, Texas, was hit with an in-school suspension for violating the Alvin Independent School District's dress code policy that says "Boys may not wear make-up."

The teen, who has not been publicly named, was given the choice of removing the makeup or taking the suspension, his classmate and friend Jasmine Richards told KHOU. He decided not to take off the makeup and was sent to ISS.

Richards has since launched an online petition at Change.org asking Alvin ISD to update the dress code and allow boys to wear makeup.

"He has the same rights as any girl to wear makeup if he wants," Richards said. Her petition has more than 1,700 signatures.

Asst. Superintendent Daniel Combs told KHOU that the dress code "is not set in stone" and is reviewed regularly, though it remains unclear if and when the it will change.

"You know, some of these elements have been in our dress code for many, many years," Combs told KHOU. "And, as we go through that review, we certainly want to address concerns that come forward."

Combs later told Yahoo Lifestyle that he met with Richards, calling it a "good learning opportunity."

"We started a great dialogue and allowed the students to share their insight, share their perspective, and share their concerns. And working together with the students, we talked about what's a good course of action moving forward," he said.

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