Florida high school principal bars yearbook photo of female student wearing tux. (In the story, it’s prominently noted that the student is a lesbian; I’m unclear on whether a straight female student wearing a tux would result in the same ban.) The story offers up this perfect summary of how our high schools are preparing students for ‘real life’:
Officials at the northeastern Florida school have said the picture was pulled from the yearbook because Davis did not follow the rules on dress. School board attorney Bruce Bickner said there is no written dress code for senior pictures, but principals have the authority to set standards.
In other words, “There are rules, we won’t tell you what they are, and enforcement will be swift, decisive, and arbitrary.” Another chilling quote:
Others applauded [the decision to pull the photo], including Karen Gordon, who said, “When uniformity is compromised, then authority no longer holds.”
(This “I can’t believe they said that” moment via grrtigger’s LiveJournal.)