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Overthrow English rule in our nation's High Schools! - One person's lack of compassion does not equal another's comfort.
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Overthrow English rule in our nation's High Schools!
I'm not Scottish. I'll probably never wear a kilt... well maybe if you asked REALLY NICELY... or if it were the theme for a party, but I'm not likely to do it without a good reason. Of course if you are Scottish or even a fan of Scottish culture, I think that is good enough reason... Right?

Some stupid high school principal in bumf*ck Missouri USA says it isn't and accused his student of looking like "a clown" wearing formal Scottish attire to his High School dance. This story has resulted in an internet petition by Scottish American Pride organization.

Personally it all seems pretty silly to me but I'm prone to side with the kid and not the principal. Of course I would defend the kid if he were a Gender-Queer Cross-Dresser and wanted to wear a formal gown, but that's beside the point... or is it? This is just another example of cultural intollerance. What if the person being ordered to change had been a Jewish woman wearing traditional Jewish garb. Why should religion carry more weight? Then again this principal might harrass Jewish teens as well.

It seems pathetic they could have only accumulated 1600 internet signatures as reported in the AOL story. Since the story was printed apparently two days ago, the total has increased nearly 10 fold and that number represents still a fairly mundane sector of the reading public. I think "we" and by "We" I mean interested LJ folk can easily raise that number at least 500 fold.

Do you agree? Let's see what effect a half million signatures has on that stupid principal?

We can do it!

The Petition
The AOL story that made me aware of this
A much better article with actual photo taken at the dance

See how many signatures have been collected so far

Other online references to this story
A different article on this with MORE QUOTES from the principal, not entirely denying it
Caithness.org home page, (apparently based in Scotland?)
A reference to this story on Yahoo groups
Eastman's Genealogy Newsletter comments on this
RandomGenealogy.com comments


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browneyedgirl65 From: browneyedgirl65 Date: December 24th, 2005 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
What slays me is the principal's name...McClard...obviously his family was on the winning side of the Jacobite uprisings...
fixx From: fixx Date: December 24th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought of commenting on that but you saw all I wrote already, I figured that was reasonably obvious but I'm still very happy you pointed it out.

You know though, it could even explain the principal's reaction. If he'd allowed a kilt but not some other traditional ethnic garb he could have been accused of being biased by his own Scottish heritage.
love_thief From: love_thief Date: December 24th, 2005 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
A clown? What is he thinking? Kilts are hot.

One of my classmates wore the traditional Native American garb of his tribe to graduation instead of graduation robes. He happened to be valedictorian and cleared it with the principal first though. It's silly to make that kind of restriction for a DANCE. I mean Scottish men get married in formal kilts sometimes, it's not like it's even anything weird or inappropriate. Don't see what the problem is.
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