Let him dress the way he wants.
That is my verdict after reading the story about a North Cobb High School student – brand new to the school and the state – who dresses in what the school considers feminine attire. After the novelty wears off, no one will notice and life will go on at the school,
Jonathan Escobar says he chooses to wear clothes that express himself. Skinny jeans, wigs, “vintage” clothing and makeup are the staples of his wardrobe. He doesn’t call himself a cross dresser; he considers his outfits to reflect who he is.
This is a new world. My son attends a college with mostly coed bathrooms except for a male-only facility on his floor. In the first week of school, he mentioned that the dorm was voting on that bathroom that night.
“To make it coed,” I asked him. “No,” he said. “We are voting to make it a transgender bathroom.”
It’s 2009. Kids are far more tolerant of gender blurring. They are also far more extreme in their dress. I have spoken at dress-code free private schools where I was tempted to throw blankets over some of the girls because of the revealing clothes they wore.
This kid isn’t indecent. He’s just unusual.
And perhaps not even that unusual. Last year, a secondary school in rural Thailand opened a “transvestite toilet” for its growing population of cross-dressers. The Kampang School conducted a survey that revealed more than 200 of the school’s 2,600 students were transvestites. So, the school designed a special unisex restroom marked by a half man in blue and half female in red.
Let Jonathan be. High schools have bigger challenges than a kid who wears a page-boy wig and tight jeans.
And let me say, I expect a lot of you will disagree. Have at it.