Catholic School Forbids Yearbook Picture Of Female Student In Tuxedo

The Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep school in San Francisco, California has removed the yearbook photo of senior student Jessica Urbina because she wore a tuxedo in her senior picture rather than the mandatory dress.

Tux_2Sacred Heart students and alumni have protested the decision using the Twitter hashtag #JessicasTux. The school’s statement to the incident says in part:

“As we prepare to pass out yearbooks it is always regretful when a student portrait is omitted for any reason. As a community we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that all students are included in the future.”

Urbina and her family are scheduled to discuss the matter with school administrators this coming Monday.

School drama over women in tuxedos is somewhat common. In 2011, the ACLU settled a case with a Mississippi school whose yearbook excluded a tuxedoed female student. Last November, a Texas school refused and then allowed a trans student to wear a tuxedo in his yearbook photo.

Think Progress notes that school dress codes are used more often against female students rather than male ones.