School suspends teen boy for carrying purse. Why???

This is another example of the harmful messages children are being sent everyday. It’s no wonder so many kids grow up with self-esteem issues. They are being taught that it’s not okay to be who they want to be.

Dr. Rebecca Hains

For several weeks, an eighth-grade boy outside of Kansas City has been expressing his individuality by carrying a floral-print Vera Bradley purse. But yesterday, his assistant principal demanded he remove it. The boy refused, and he was immediately suspended from school.

This raises a question: Why is it a problem for a boy to carry a purse instead of a backpack if he wants to? By breaking gender stereotypes, he’s not hurting anyone. Instead, he’s showing the world that he has good self-esteem and self-confidence—that he is secure his identity.

Unfortunately, his school administrators’ actions show that they want to force a 13-year-old kid into stereotypical masculinity. Apparently, they value gender conformity over creativity and individuality.

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3 thoughts on “School suspends teen boy for carrying purse. Why???

  1. It is heartbreaking. Why blame the rest of the world for being bigoted when it all starts in the school?

    • Yes, it is heartbreaking, but there is something you might want to consider. (It is only my opinion, so I certainly won’t be mad if you poke holes in my logic) It seems to me that bigotry starts with society at large (and local communities, at the smaller scale) and then find its way into places like schools. I went to school in Palm Springs, CA, a place where you don’t have to look very hard to find someone bending society’s accepted gender roles/expressions. As such, the schools were more accepting of boys doing such things. My high school principal was actually a neighbor of mine, I know he wouldn’t have treated that boy in such a fashion.

      Maybe this horrible example of gender discrimination was a product of one person in the administration, and perhaps the administration was acting under pressure from other parents. Ultimately, what is clear is that there are people in that community (and many others) who think this kind if behavior is okay. If the bigots didn’t bigot (it’s a noun now), then the schools wouldn’t, either. Long story short, it’s everybody’s responsibility to ensure that this stuff doesn’t happen anymore, (I know you get that, DarkCircles) or, has this country forgotten that we got our start from social/political/religious outcasts/dissidents/reformers, (aka non-conformists). Way to forget where you came from, America.

      • I get what you are saying. It always starts with one person, one group and then it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. I guess the poison becomes part of not only individuals in society, but all social institutions as well (schools in this case).
        You know this particularly sad (albeit stereotypical) image sprang into my head the moment I saw the boy’s picture. I could just picture him walking down the halls of his school and other kids screaming “gay” at him. I wonder whether that happened.?
        I am not American, but that’s exactly what the history books told me. It’s a long road ahead for the world.

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