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Male Kansas Teen Suspended From School For Carrying Purse: VIDEO

SkylerThirteen-year old Skylar Davis of Garnett, Kansas was suspended from school yesterday for wearing a Vera Bradley purse to Anderson County Senior-Junior School and refusing to take it off, KCTV 5 New reports. Skylar has been wearing the bag since school started in August. School officials have not had a problem with the bag until yesterday. Though the school has not issued a statement regarding Skylar's suspension, he was told not to return to school until he stops wearing the purse, something he does not intend to do. Skylar and his family believe the school's actions are discriminatory:

"I don't think everyone should be treated differently," Skylar Davis said. "Everyone should have the same privileges...[The purse] expresses myself and I think everyone else can wear it, so I wear it as well," Skylar told KCTV5's Dave Jordan. [...]

"I was a little furious, and I called the school [and spoke to Assistant Principal Don Hillard] to reverify the story, and yeah, he refused to take off his Vera Bradley bag, nothing more to do it," [Skylar's mother, Leslie Willis] said.

She said she reviewed the student handbook but did not see a mention to bags or purses. She questions the suspension and the timing.

"Skylar has been going to school since August with that same Vera Bradley bag on, hasn't taken it off. What is the problem?" she asked.

Skylar's brother, Dakota Haight, also spoke out in support of his brother, criticizing the school's concern with Skylar's choice of school bag:

"I've seen girls wear short shorts. Why don't they get kicked out? But then he gets kicked out for a purse? That doesn't make sense. It's not right," Haight said.

 Watch a news report on Skylar's suspension AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Memo to Both Sides: Pick your battles!

    Can't we just agree that this is a Vera Bradley Book Bag for Young Men, and call it a day?

    If young Skylar pursues an off-label use for his Vera Bradley Book Bag for Young Men, does it really necessitate a suspension? As far as the administration should be concerned, it's a book bag.

    See no evil, do no evil! Go along to get along!

    Lawyers standing by. Call now:1-800-VBBBFYM

    Posted by: Principal Skinner | Nov 7, 2013 8:50:16 PM

  2. I like the purse. It has a kind of 1960s flower-power look.

    Posted by: Marty | Nov 7, 2013 8:50:48 PM

  3. Please correct the title. It should read: MALE KANSAS TEEN SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL FOR CARRYING UGLY PURSE.

    Posted by: Brian Scot | Nov 7, 2013 8:51:57 PM

  4. The straight acting mother effers in our community are going to be all over this one. Eff you and your masculinity to anyone who is going to belittle this boy.

    Posted by: JJMG | Nov 7, 2013 8:58:49 PM

  5. Get ACLU involved if need be.

    Posted by: Juhs | Nov 7, 2013 8:59:09 PM

  6. @ BRIAN SCOTT don't be ghetto. you trying to "read" a kid, one persecuted for who he is, doesn't make you special or cute. Just ratchet.

    Posted by: Kyle | Nov 7, 2013 8:59:53 PM

  7. He should consider suing if this dress code strictly applies to him and not the females at the school.

    Posted by: Hughes | Nov 7, 2013 9:00:55 PM

  8. I really can't stand hyper masculine society, especially within the gay community. Always comes off so phony and forced. Good for this guy.

    Posted by: Boat505 | Nov 7, 2013 9:01:33 PM

  9. It's just unbelievable that a school would suspend a male student for what looks like a purse. How can this even be legal today? No court will let this stand. What Skylar should have done is say that this is his "Bible bag." He carries his Bible in it so God's Word is always with him and that by forcing him to stop using the bag the school is abridging his religious freedom. He should ask NOM to defend him. Or he could say that he and his bag don't have a "gay marriage" but only a "civil union" and that he believes marriage is only between a purse and someone of the female gender.

    I mean if the school administrators are going to be silly, then Skylar can come up with silly defenses for his actions. Don't Americans have better things to argue about than "handbag equality?"

    Posted by: Mary | Nov 7, 2013 9:07:31 PM

  10. I don't have a problem with him having a purse, but Vera Bradley?

    Skylar, Skylar! There are so many more chic choices. VB is just so Picasso threw up and "Voila!".

    Posted by: odsbjorn | Nov 7, 2013 9:08:16 PM

  11. Brian Scott, that was neither funny or edgy. If you're going to troll, make it amusing. Sheesh.

    I hope this kids parents prepare to fight the crap out of that school system.

    Posted by: Klien | Nov 7, 2013 9:09:14 PM

  12. Now that this has garnered him lots of attention, he's going to milk it for all it's worth. They should have just let him carry it around -- in a year or two, he'd have moved on to something else. Who cares that it's a purse? There's no offensive slogans or marijuana leaves on it. Good grief.

    Posted by: Gregor | Nov 7, 2013 9:09:55 PM

  13. This is the country we live in. Violence is completely celebrated and glorified. Guns are seen as something patriotic. But carrying a purse to put your belongings in gets you kicked out of school for the day. Yay religious right.

    Posted by: Marcus | Nov 7, 2013 9:17:40 PM

  14. Who could imagine that they would freak out in Kansas?

    Posted by: Kev C | Nov 7, 2013 9:19:02 PM

  15. Carrying a gun gets you a medal in these places but carrying a purse gets you suspended. DISGUSTING.

    Posted by: Vergil | Nov 7, 2013 9:24:00 PM

  16. http://www.verabradley.com/product/Collection/Faux-Leather-Trim/Buckle-Tote/1002073/defaultColorVariantId/182049/pc/640/c/0/sc/1004/p/1002073.uts

    Link to the bag.

    Posted by: Joe Bua | Nov 7, 2013 9:30:34 PM

  17. Would it be OK if he carried a backpack? What if it were a Vera Bradley backpack?

    Another house needs to fall out of the sky in Kansas and wipe out a few more bigots.

    Posted by: Mitch | Nov 7, 2013 9:39:18 PM

  18. I carried a similar satchel in high school. My friends called it a manbag, it was made for men, so despite the ton of gay bashing I got in high school, I got little for that.. This is over the feminine print of the bag.. Oh Kansas. Sometimes men have stuff to carry around too ya know.

    Posted by: NE1 | Nov 7, 2013 9:44:03 PM

  19. $10 says Rick soils his adult diaper when he reads this one.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 7, 2013 9:48:57 PM

  20. Who's Vera Bradley?

    Posted by: Alan | Nov 7, 2013 10:03:35 PM

  21. The stupidity of school official behind this is repugnant but YAY! for Skylar's brother Dakota and Mother standing up for him.

    As ridiculous as the school actions were if he doesn't sue them for harassment it will embolden them to do this or worse to others.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Nov 7, 2013 10:16:24 PM

  22. @Joe Bua - I don't think that's the bag. His doesn't have short leather straps and isn't a tote. That's much more purse-like.

    The one he has is from the Vera Bradley Hipster Very Berry Messenger Bag collection.


    I personally think it's just a hippie-like (potentially unisex) messenger bag. He's a trendsetter.

    Posted by: LW | Nov 7, 2013 10:19:37 PM

  23. The battle for gender norms! More important than the three Rs! Teachers, administrators - to battle stations!

    Posted by: Glenn I | Nov 7, 2013 10:45:57 PM

  24. I saw we take up a collection and buy this kid a fabulous purse for each day of the week!

    Posted by: HLP | Nov 7, 2013 10:56:14 PM

  25. The school system's action is not discriminatory.

    It is a stupid waste of school system money, an embarrassment to the school system, and a ridiculous disruption to a young person's education. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.

    Posted by: james | Nov 7, 2013 11:07:48 PM

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