Teen boy 'suspended by high school for wearing nail polish'

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A teen claims he was suspended from school for wearing nail polish.

Trevor Wilkinson, a 17-year-old from Texas, tweeted last week he was suspended from school after returning from the Thanksgiving break with nail polish on.

"Imagine your school not allowing boys to paint their nails and giving boys iss (in-school suspension) for it," he tweeted.

"And the whole administration being okay with it, homophobic and sexist? Welcome to West Texas."

Left is a photo of Trevor Wilkinson's painted nails. On the right is the 17-year-old, from Texas, showing off his nails.
Trevor Wilkinson said he was suspended from school for painting his nails. Source: Instagram and Twitter/Trevor Wilkinson

Trevor is a student at Clyde High School and, according to the school’s handbook, male students can’t wear facial makeup or nail polish.

More than 60,000 sign nail polish petition

But this hasn’t stopped more than 60,000 people from signing a change.org petition calling for male students at Clyde High School to be allowed to paint their nails.

“I am a gay male and I’m beyond proud,” Trevor wrote.

“This is unjust and not okay. Help me show that it is okay to express yourself and that the identity that society wants to normalise is not okay. I am a human. I am valid.

“I should not get in trouble for having my nails done.”

The school district told NBC it would not be commenting on the matter, but it did review its dress policies.

"That review process results in the development of a final dress code that is consistently implemented and enforced during the next school year. Parents and students are provided a copy of the dress code prior to the start of each new school year," the district told NBC.

"Questions or concerns with the dress code are reviewed individually, and the District cannot share any information regarding a specific student."

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