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13-year-old Skylar Davis wearing his Vera Bradley bag
Skylar Davis loves his brightly colored crossbody bag from Vera Bradley. The eighth-grader had been wearing it to Anderson County Senior-Junior School every day since August. Everything changed this week when Assistant Principal Don Hillard abruptly called him into his office and gave him a choice to take off the bag or face suspension. Feeling like he was being discriminated against, Skylar refused to take off the bag:
"I don't think everyone should be treated differently," Skylar Davis said. "Everyone should have the same privileges."

Fortunately for Skylar, his family is 100% backing his right to wear the bag:

School personnel then called his mother, Leslie Willis, to come get her son.

"I was a little furious, and I called the school [and spoke to Hillard] to reverify the story, and yeah, he refused to take off his Vera Bradley bag, nothing more to do it," Willis said.

She said she reviewed the student handbook but did not see a mention to bags or purses. She questions the suspension and the timing.

"Skylar has been going to school since August with that same Vera Bradley bag on, hasn't taken it off. What is the problem?" she asked.

She said she supports her son and his choices. She said if he wants to carry a Vera Bradley purse or any other type of bag that he should be able to do so without being punished.

See the interview with this brave young man and his family here:

WSMV Channel 4

Originally posted to Scout Finch on Fri Nov 08, 2013 at 06:13 AM PST.

Also republished by Sex, Body, and Gender and TransAction.

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