South African Teen Banned From School for Not Wearing a Skirt

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A 15-year-old teen in East London, South Africa has been banned from school for not wearing the skirt that is part of the dress code. The student wants to wear pants because, she says, she is a boy trapped in a girl's body.

"I hate being called a lesbian," the 15-year-old told Times Live. "I'm not a lesbian. I'm born a girl but I'm a man."

Cambridge High School told the girl's mother that the student needs to comply with the dress code, and if she can't, she'll have to attend another school. However, Cambridge High recently received some backlash from the provincial Education Department and the Commission on Gender Equality, which says that the 15-year-old's constitutional rights had been violated.
"If that child wants to be in that school and wants to wear pants, she will be back at that school," said department head Modidima Mannya.

Cambridge High maintains that the intention of the ban was to protect the student from her peers. A rep for the school also says they would have to change the entire uniform policy to accommodate the transgender pupil and her constitutional rights.

What do you think? Should the 15-year-old be able to wear pants to school? Should the school amend their uniform guidelines? Do you have to wear a uniform to class? If so, what is your policy like? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. %Poll-56897%

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