Boy Suspended For Purse?
A 13-year old boy from Kansas has been suspended from school. But not for reasons that most 13-year old boys might be told to stay home.
Skylar Davis, who attends the Anderson County Senior-Junior School in Garnett, Kansas was sent to the office and was told he had to remove his bag that he was carrying. But it’s not just any bag….it’s a colorful fabric Vera Bradley bag. When he refused to remove the bag, a call was placed to his mother telling her to come pick her son up and that he was being suspended.
Skylar claims that he has been carrying the bag over his shoulder for some time and up until now, with no issues. When asked why the bag is so important to him, he simply says, “It expresses myself. And I don’t think everyone should be treated differently. Everyone should have the same privileges.”
His mother, Leslie Willis, claims the school is discriminating against her son, because girls are allowed to have purses. Willis reviewed the school handbook and found nothing in it regarding purses or handbags, but maybe the rule should be added to the handbook to prevent any further problems.
With support for Skylar coming in from all over the country, Willis says that she is also behind her son. She adds that if he wants to carry the Vera Bradley bag, it’s fine with her and that he should be able to do so without being punished.
The Anderson County School District Superintendent Don Blome says that there has always been a rule about carrying bags in school. The rule is that all students, whether female or male, are not allowed to have bags, purses, satchels and backpacks in the core classrooms like English and math. He adds that the bags must be stored in lockers during class time.
The school suspension is expected to continue until Skylar stops wearing the bag. However, Skylar’s mother is hoping for some compromise on this soon. In the meantime, stores in the area that sell the Vera Bradley bags have been in contact with Skylar, offering him some of their products.