Students at Tippecanoe School have participated in several different theme days during School Spirit Week, but Friday, May 23rd’s theme of Gender Bender Day caused some controversy.
Members of the Student Council decided on day’s theme. It called for boys to dress like girls and girls to dress like boys.
“I was speechless actually, and I asked a few of the neighbors because I thought I was overreacting, stuff like that, and everybody was speechless,” said one mother, who asked not to be identified.
The mother says she has no problem with teenagers having a fun day of dressing like the opposite sex, but her son is only seven and the theme confused him. She, as well as a few other parents, chose to keep their kids home on Friday.
…One student’s father, who didn’t want to be identified, says he doesn’t want his son to dress as a girl.
“I think it’s just teaching them the wrong lesson about gender. If you’re a boy, stay a boy. You shouldn’t have something like that at school,” said the father.