CLYDE, Texas — The ACLU is asking Clyde CISD to "do the right thing" by changing dress and grooming codes that it says are "based on outdated gender stereotypes."
Trevor Wilkinson -- an openly gay student at Clyde High School -- was placed on in-school suspension on Nov. 30 because he showed up to school wearing fingernail polish.
"No student should be treated differently on the basis of gender - or simply for wearing nail polish," said the ACLU in a social media post. "We stand with Trevor."
In a 54-page letter, the ACLU urged the district to change a dress code policy that prohibits male students from wearing nail polish or makeup.
"Clyde CISD is likely violating the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution, Title IX, the First Amendment, and its own local policies prohibiting gender-based discrimination," said the ACLU. "Clyde CISD currently has an opportunity to resolve this situation without the time or expense of litigation or the resources necessarily incurred in the school district grievance process."
After his suspension, Wilkinson started an online petition that has been signed more than 240,000 times.
He also appeared on Good Morning America.
On Monday, the district allowed Wilkinson to return to class pending the outcome of a special meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m.
KTXS is at the meeting and will stream it live on Facebook.
We'll also haver a wrap on KTXS News at 10.