Student Gets Kicked Out of Class for Wearing Makeup & Boy Is His Mom Mad

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eyelinerThe last week of school is exciting for teens and parents alike. For parents, you're celebrating the end of extra end-of-year activities, class projects, and that after school activity dash. For students -- hello, they're FINALLY free from homework and a set schedule. Chris Martin, an eighth grader at Meadowlawn Middle School in Florida, wanted to celebrate his last day by getting a little fancy. Martin showed up to school wearing eye shadow, black eyeliner, and lipstick, and to the surprise of his two mothers and the local community alike -- Chris was pulled out of class for violating the dress code.

Martin argued that the makeup he was wearing was the same as the girls in his classes, but the school district backed the principal's decision. When his mother Jamie Himes, who strongly believes her son was bullied, asked the principal what was wrong with Chris's makeup, the principal gave her a look that made her "blood boil."

And then she started a petition.

At the time this post went live, the anti-bullying petition on has gained 821 of the 1,000 necessary signatures. Katelynn Martin writes that her son's "endured vicious bullying for the last several years" at his middle school, and that he's not alone. The petition's goal? To require tolerance training for all administrators and faculty, encourage gay-straight alliance clubs in secondary schools, and sponsor an inclusive curriculum that includes positive images of the LGBTQ community.

... it's admirable. For her son, it's got to be really, really great to have two supportive moms at home, both who accept him for who he is and stand behind his decisions. It can't be easy watching your son being made an example just because he's expressing himself. In my eyes, if girls are allowed to wear makeup, then he should be allowed to as well. Fair is fair. If it was excessive, boy or girl, that's another story. From the sound of it, though, Chris's wasn't anything ridiculous.

If you agree, then I encourage you all to sign Martin's petition. Join her in her efforts to make her school district more accepting. Every single voice helps in the fight for tolerance.

Do you think Chris was treated unfairly?


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Victo... Victoria0785

That's really sad. Sad that this boy gets bullied not just by peers, but from teachers and administrators as well. It's also a sad day for our country when a child gets kicked out of school for makeup or their hair (lots of stories about that) but not for physically fighting each other. Sensitivity training for the adults should be mandatory. Kids are kids, they're trying to figure themselves out, and adults should encourage that, and protect them while they learn. Maybe it's that I grew up right near San Francisco, but in my school things like that weren't an issue. There were quite a few openly gay kids, they weren't really picked on, no more than everybody else at least. Also, many of our state championship winning football players dressed up in cheerleadering uniforms for spirit days or Halloween. I don't like that the adults treated the kid that way.

nonmember avatar carly145

If its against dress code, its against dress code. Why does this have to be a battle about gay rights? Forcing everyone to follow the same rules IS equality...

bills... billsfan1104

I think the word "bully" is used way too much.

silve... silverdawn99

sigh if the boy wants to wear makeup he can outside of the school

but school is not a place to show your indiviuduality and there is a dress code for a reason

nonmember avatar ZMommy

Everyone knows that if it was a girl wearing makeup there wouldn't have been an issue. If the boy wasn't being a distraction it shouldn't be an issue. Also it was the last day so how much learning was going on anyway? When I was in school all we did on the last day was watch movies and sign yearbooks. I graduated in 2005 which wasn't too long ago and I assume things haven't changed that much. I don't blame this mother for being pissed. If it was my son I would be too. Either give everyone the same rights or ban boys AND girls from wearing makeup. Its that simple.

BlueC... BlueCollarMom

I went to school in small town USA.  The goth and punk boys wore makeup and nail polish all the time big deal.  Nobody cared.

fave82 fave82

Ugh whiners.

LadyM... LadyMinni

Girls weren't allowed to wear makeup in my middle school. When did that change? Damn.

Hello07 Hello07

Wait so were girls allowed to wear makeup?

If girls were allowed to then boys should be allowed to as well.

Felly... FellyScarlett

When I was in middle school we had an 'emo day' for spirit week. Oh my lord, the teachers and parents went nuts. Telling the kids that dressing in black and wearing make up would turn them into gay criminals. Keep on mind this was 2005 not 1950. I agree that dress codes are in place for a reason, but not allowing boys to wear make up (or the students in general) makes no sense to me. I think the parents should try to change that.

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