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School Forces Student to Change out of Kilt

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Associated Press: The principal of a Utah middle school has been asked to apologize for forcing a kilt-wearing student to change his clothes.

Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart says Craig Jessop has been asked to extend an apology to 14-year-old student Gavin McFarland of Hooper after the school official's comments Wednesday.

Gavin says he wore the kilt twice in the past two weeks to Rocky Mountain Junior High as a prop for an art project. Jessop told the boy that the outfit could be misconstrued as cross-dressing.

Taggart says the district recognizes the kilt as an expression of the boy's Scottish heritage and that the kilt was not inappropriate.

Kilts are traditional Scottish apparel generally worn by men for formal or special occasions.

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Melissa May 18, 2009, 2:51 PM

As a transplant to Utah, I am not surpised that they freaked out. I have never met so many close minded assholes in my life.

Melissa May 18, 2009, 2:53 PM

Utah is a very close minded state, run by the LDS church. I know I live here. They are close minded and bigoted. Ya, they apologized, but it should have never been an issue.

Jill (the other one) May 18, 2009, 5:57 PM

Melissa, why are you making this into an issue of religion? Nowhere in the article is religion mentioned. This is about a school principal. I don’t think there’s any need to make this so personal.

That said … what a fool the principal was. If he’d had any sense at all, he’d know that MEN wear kilts traditionally, not women.

anonymouse May 18, 2009, 6:28 PM

Jill, It’s Utah. The chances of religion being involved (mentioned or not), are astronomically high. So it’s pretty safe to assume it might have been a factor, and therefore—despite the whole issue being complete bollocks—not surprising at all.

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