School district bans women's pants for graduation

Published: Mar. 4, 2019 at 10:29 AM EST
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(WVLT) -- Cumberland Polytechnic High School In Fayetteville, North Carolina has changed their graduation dress code that bars women from wearing pants.

Lacey Henry, a student, had a problem with the dress code. Girls had to wear black dresses with hemlines no longer than their graduation robes, black closed-toe high heels and black pantyhose; boys wore restricted to wearing black pants with black neckties and white shirts.

Henry, who wanted to change the rule and wear pants to graduation, started a petition campaign. More than 800 signed it in support. She says because guys get to wear pants, she's discriminated against under Title IX.

After the outpouring of support, the school principal changed the policy to be less gender specific.

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