Paging Annie Hall: Apparently Wesson Attendance Center high school in Wesson, Miss., still hasn't heard about the menswear for ladies trend.
Back in 2009, the school refused to publish a photo of Ceara Sturgis, a lesbian student, wearing a tuxedo on the "senior page" in the 2010 yearbook.
When they heard the news, Ceara and her mom made a date with the ACLU, and in October the organization wrote the school a letter, suggesting that not wearing a dress wasn't really a good reason to keep a student out. Copiah County School District officials, however, disagreed.
Then on Friday, when the yearbooks arrived, not only was Ceara's photo missing from the senior portrait section, her name was also nowhere to be seen.
"They've got kids in the book that have been busted for drugs," her mom told the Jackson Free Press
. "There's even a picture of one of the seniors who dropped out of school. I don't get it. Ceara's a star student ... It's like she's nobody there, even though she's gone to school there for 12 years."
We don't get it either. In our bow-tie-loving opinions, show up nude in a class photo, and we agree, you're out. Excessive cleavage? Eh, depends on the dress code. But in this case, we're talking about a suit that buttons up to the neck.
Then again: Is it really about attire at all?
Last week, the school district -- referring all questions to its attorney -- clung to a legal precedent to justify its creative Photoshopping: A 2004 settlement in Hillsborough County, Fla., which upheld then–Robinson High School principal Kevin McCarthy's refusal to let a female student pose for her class photo wearing a suit instead of the "scoop-necked drape" required of young ladies.
Unfortunately for those after Ceara, that student sued, and the Florida school soon changed its tune.
Of course, not everybody is pitted against the fashion-challenged senior: Her fellow students nominated her for prom queen, but Ceara refused, knowing the school would never let her accept that honor ... a prescient decision if we've ever heard one.
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