Teen’s outfit that school deemed ‘distracting’ sparks online equality movement

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LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- A family is standing up against what they call discrimination. Seventeen-year-old Morgan Ball wore a special outfit to Lee's Summit North High School on his birthday, and said he was told he had to remove certain items because the outfit didn't comply with school policy.

outfitBall wore a beaded shrug, loaded on the jewelry, and cinched in his waist with a wide belt on his birthday.

“It made me feel really glamorous,” Morgan said with a big grin.

His joy was quickly ruined when the school asked him to take off pieces of his birthday outfit because it didn't comply with the school's dress code.

“It was the combination,” he said about his outfit.

His mom, Cheri Ball, challenged the school's policy after her son came home in tears. The policy prohibits clothes and appearance that disrupts the learning process.

To raise awareness, Morgan’s friends started a hashtag that champions equality. #CLOTHINGHASNOGENDER has taken off on Twitter and Facebook. They've printed the hashtag on shirts and are up for sale.


The school has denied any punishment for dress code violations but has met with the family. They are working closely together to change the policy.

After the family met with the school Wednesday afternoon for two-and-a-half hours, Cheri said they are hopeful that the language in the handbook will be more considerate of the LGBTQ community.

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