ACLU Settles Case of Female Student Excluded from Yearbook for Wearing Tuxedo
The ACLU has reached an agreement with the Copiah County School District in the case of Ceara Sturgis, who was left out of her school yearbook because she wore a tuxedo in her senior photo, the ACLU of Mississippi reports:
The district has agreed to adopt a policy that will require all students to wear a cap and gown, rather than require boys to wear tuxedos and girls to wear drapes. As part of the agreement the school will include Sturgis’ photo featuring the tuxedo in her class’s composite picture hanging in the school library.
“I am thrilled that my photo will join my classmates on the wall of our school library,” said Sturgis. “It’s important that nobody else will be forced to wear something that doesn’t reflect who they are.”
The school will also amend its anti-discrimination policy to add language affirming its commitment to following the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.