Source: Florida Today By Megan Down
Fifteen-year-old Amaris Mulhauser prepared for school Thursday morning
using a thick-black eyeliner to draw tear streaks dripping down her
cheeks.A few hours later, she was pulled out of her Rockledge High English
class and told to go home — the second time this week — for wearing
the Gothic makeup that administrators had warned her to remove.
Brevard Public Schools’ dress code policy specifically prohibits
Gothic-style clothing or accessories, citing that such gear is tied to
“violent or death oriented themes.”
Here we go again. Another school being mean to another Pagan. How many courts battles must schools lose before they give up?
Amaris — a soft-spoken
sophomore who said she’d never been suspended and had never received a
grade lower than a C — argues she has a right to her style of dress.
She said her clothing is part of her Wiccan religion, a neo-pagan,
Wait…who said being Goth was a part of being a Wiccan?! Just because a lot of Wiccans are Goth, don’t make it an express of being a Wiccan ~ screams the Non-gothic Wiccan~ But whatever.. Fight for your rights, gurl! Power to the Pagan people.
Rockledge High Principal
Anthony Hines said Amaris wasn’t suspended because of her Wiccan or
Gothic associations, but because of her extreme makeup and lip ring,
which school district policy deems a safety hazard.
Wait. Maybe this isn’t a Wiccan issue..hmm
But Seriously, if it isn’t a gang symbol then who cares. Let them express themselves, you dictators ( ok, that was a little dramatic)
No other style subgroup, such as hip hop, skater or preppy, is specifically listed in the Brevard Public Schools policy.The
district entered the word “Gothic” into the dress code in reaction to
the Columbine incident, Area Superintendent Tom McIntyre said.
it or not, Columbine did change cultures at school, just as 9-11
changed our country regarding terrorism,” McIntyre said. “Our schools
look at these kinds of things much more seriously because we have seen
what the end results can be. The expectation of the administration is
to maintain a safe and orderly environment.”
Um. Tom? Yeah, all I heard is that you are discriminating based on fear. Take it to the Supreme Courts Kiddos!!
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