Thursday, April 14, 2005


The case of the male Wiccan high school student in San Bernardino, Calif., suspended for wearing black lipstick is all over the Pagan Web, but the Zero Intelligence blog dissects it nicely.

That's the crux of the issue. If his black lipstick and red eye makeup were causing a genuine distraction then the school is justified in calling him on it (although a five day suspension is huge overkill for a dress code violation). However, this is a school in California, self-styled land of self expression. It is in San Bernardino which has no lack of people expressing themselves colorfully. I strongly doubt that James got any more reaction than "there goes another goth".

Remember, "Zero tolerance equals zero intelligence." On the other hand, I would like to hear James Herndon articulate just how the makeup expresses "Wiccan religious beliefs." Someone could get a conference paper out of that.


Blogger blogsbywomen said...

I don't think he needs an excuse to wear makeup. Girls don't need an excuse. If a girl decided to wear a shirt and tie to school, would she need to justify that? I've seen many girls wearing black lipstick and red eye makeup without anybody saying a word.

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