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Male Student Wins Fight to Wear Skirt

January 25,2006 | HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. -- A male high school student can wear a skirt to school after the American Civil Liberties Union reached an agreement with school officials.

The ACLU announced the deal Tuesday. It will allow a Hasbrouck Heights School senior to wear a skirt to protest the school's no-shorts policy.

The district's dress code bans shorts between Oct. 1 and April 15, but allows skirts, a policy 17-year-old Michael Coviello believes is discriminatory.

"I'm happy to be able to wear skirts again to bring attention to the fact that the ban on shorts doesn't make sense," Coviello said in a statement.

The Hasbrouck Heights superintendent, Joseph C. Luongo, did not return telephone messages left Tuesday seeking comment.

Coviello first wore a costume-style dress but high school officials told him to go home and change. The district's superintendent then advised the Coviello to purchase everyday dresses and skirts at a retail store, which Coviello did, the ACLU said.

But after a few days, he was sent home with a note from his principal saying if he wore a dress, kilt or skirt, he could no longer attend school.


Blogger Pete said...

No kilts!? Why, the nerve of some people.

2/01/2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger KM said...

Yeah, and I will bet he was stuffed in a locker the first day.

Now, to Pete's point, that would not happen were he wearing a kilt. The Germans in WW1 did not call them the "Ladies from Hell" for nothing.


2/01/2006 1:51 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Naw, he wouldn't fit. I just updated to add a picture. Still, though, it's hilarious. A stupid protest of a stupid policy, tit for tat, the way it should be done. Even if he does turn out to be a chubby geek.

2/01/2006 1:58 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Incidentally, the Washington Post article where I got that picture is good for a laugh. To wit:

Coviello is not a skirt kind of guy. In a photograph documenting his fashion victory, he wears a red plaid kilt with a black "And Justice for All" Metallica T-shirt. Because he is built more like a football player than a sprinter, the skirt dissects his body into unflattering sections. He would be better served if the skirt and T-shirt were in the same color family. Just a suggestion.

Coviello's adopted style calls to mind Axl Rose during his heyday with Guns N' Roses. Coviello is wearing the costume of disgruntled youth. Kurt Cobain may have preferred the baby-doll dress to make his point, but the skirt and T-shirt send a similar message of being disenchanted with the system.

Where Coviello's ensemble goes wrong, however, is with the scuffed New Balance sneakers. They take the tough, rebellious edge off the look and send it spiraling into the land of soft-serve suburbia.

2/01/2006 2:01 PM  
Anonymous suthsc said...

He should have got a pair of these like this guy was going to! They're the coolest!

2/02/2006 3:26 PM  
Blogger annie said...

Man, Scott, that third link of yours was forbidden, and the "webmaster" was "notified" of my forbidden activities. Way to put me on a CIA watch list or something.

2/02/2006 4:41 PM  
Anonymous suthsc said...

Bummer... Here's the skinny.. It's sound #14 on this page. It looks like they are killing access when the referrer isn't from those pages..

2/03/2006 12:09 AM  
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