December 6, 2020 5:26 PM | With information from EFE
15 minutes. Nearly 55,000 people signed a petition in support of a 17-year-old Texan student, who is not allowed to go to his institute with painted nails, which considers a discriminatory measure and an attack on freedom of expression.
Trevor Wilkinson, a student at the Clyde High School (Texas), started a petition on the change.org platform last Monday entitled “Let men wear nail polish” with the goal of obtaining 75,000 signatures and already achieved more than 54,900.
He did it after the school where he studies prohibited him from attending class until his nails were without a trace of paint.
His gesture had an important adhesion, in addition to media coverage.
This measure shows a “double pattern,” as high school girls are allowed to go to class with painted nails, Wilkinson said in his petition, where he declares himself “homosexual” and “proud” of being one. He also noted in the letter that “freedom of speech” overrides Clyde High School’s dress code and policy.
“It’s unfair and it’s not right,” said the student before asking people to support him in his defense that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are without being forced to adopt the “identity that society considers normal“.
“I am human, I am valid. I shouldn’t have a problem painting my nails“said the young man in his request for charge.org.
The television channel NBC5 interviewed Wilkinson, who showed her nails painted black and with a drawing of small burning flames in colors. The young man told the channel that the school offered him to attend virtual classes in lieu of suspension, but he said no.
The institute responded in a statement that before each course parents and students are informed of the dress code. Additionally, they noted that this cannot be reviewed in the middle of the school year.
“Homophobic and sexist, welcome to West Texas“said the young man wryly.