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 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