Graduation from high school is one of the most important rites of passage in a young person's life. Douglas Bird High School principal, Jackie Warner, took away this very special moment for one student when she prohibited Bobbie Spanbauer from participating in her graduation ceremony for refusing to wear a dress.
Womyn graduating from the Fayetteville, NC high school were required to wear a black or white dress with stockings and dress shoes. Bobbie came dressed in the men's required attire of black slacks, white dress shirt, and black shoes. Warner told her that she could not march with the other students unless she wore a dress, but Bobbie insisted that she came appropriately dresses and she had a right to take part in the ceremony as she was. Warner prohibited her from marching, and when Bobbie tried to watch the ceremony, she was denied.
Bobbie's case is an example of gender-based discrimination, and the ACLU is already on board to support her. To find out more information on the situation, check out: