The Battle of the Kilt! Hoots mon!
High school senior in St Louis is told he can’t wear his formal kilt to the prom. He states that the principal told him the school wants to promote men “dressing like men.” Principal denies it, but at least one other student corroborates the story. There follows a significant turnout of support by the St Louis Scots community.
I believe that if they were discussing the traditional garb of some other nationality, there would have been all sorts of accommodation for this. And that’s as it should be. But I’d like to see this principal tell Sean Connery or Billy Connolly or Craig Ferguson that they aren’t “dressing like men.” Och, but wha’s fur ye won’t get by ye.
It was a battle lasting just a few days in the St. Louis, USA, area, and it probably won’t go down in the annuls of Scottish history. But for the Scottish community in St. Louis, and the thousands of people who join with us throughout the year to celebrate the many profound connections between America and Scotland, it was an opportunity to stand for Scotland and to stand with a fellow Scot.
Many people from around the world have been following this skirmish, and many of them took action with e-mails and phone calls. Here’s a full summary of what happened.
On March 17, a student at Granite City High School, just outside St. Louis, USA, posted on his Facebook page that “I was denied wearing my kilt to prom because they want to teach the men to dress like men. That is what I was told. I’m very upset.”
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