Story at a glance:

  • Trever Wilkinson was given an in-school suspension in December for wearing nail polish.
    • He spoke out against the school’s policy online and in person.
    • On Monday the Clyde School Board voted to change the wording of the student handbook so the guidelines do not single out genders.

Trevor Wilkinson, 17, wrote a petition back in December after receiving an in-school suspension for his painted nails, Out reported.

In the petition, he pointed out that "girls are allowed to paint and get their nails done" and that males who get their nails done would be reprimanded. The petition got more than 400,000 signatures, and the topic made its way to the school board meeting where Wilkinson spoke out.


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"This isn't about me anymore," Wilkinson, sporting nail polish, told the board, Out reported. "It's about a discriminatory, sexist policy that needs to be changed."

The ACLU also offered its support to Wilkinson as its Texas chapter wrote a 54-page letter that took issue with the school district's policy.

On Monday, the Clyde School Board voted to change the wording of the student handbook so the guidelines do not single out genders, according to KTXS, a local ABC-affiliated television station serving Abilene, Texas.

"It is with great honor that I am pleased to announce that Clyde High School's dress code is officially gender neutral forever," Wilkinson told KTXS. "I'm at a loss of words for the joy I am feeling on this special day. I am so blessed by the support, love, and help I have received through this experience."

Clyde, Texas’s political demographics lean conservative as 80 percent of the residents there identify as Republican, according to Facts by City.


 

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Published on Apr 21, 2021