May 18, 2009
Principal to apologize over kilt flap
A Utah school district said a principal will apologize after he ordered a 14-year-old to change out of his kilt because it could be seen as cross-dressing.
Gavin McFarland, 14, a student of Scottish heritage at Rocky Mountain Junior High in West Haven, said he wore his traditional Scottish kilt to school Wednesday as part of a school project and his apparel gathered numerous compliments from teachers and classmates, The (Ogden, Utah) Standard-Examiner reported Monday.
I was kind of surprised, Gavin said.
No teachers had gotten mad at me for it. A lot of them thought it was really cool.
Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart said Jessop has agreed to issue a personal apology to the student.
We certainly do not consider wearing a kilt, especially for a school project, as cross-dressing, Taggart said.
We recognize the kilt as a display of Scottish heritage.