Austin Lacey, a 13-year-old middle school student in Menifee, California, recently dressed up as Elsa from Frozen for his middle school’s “Disney Day”. He isn’t transgender, but told KTLA of the costume, “I wore it for fun because I’m just one of those people, I like to go all out.” His classmates enjoyed his elaborate Elsa getup, with blonde wig and all, and even asked to take selfies with him. But before Austin could even spend one second of class time in all of this Frozen glory, a campus supervisor told him he had to take the costume off.
Austin’s mother, Brooke Francev, wrote about her son’s ordeal on Facebook: “Before school started, he was approached by the campus supervisor who instructed him to remove his wig and dress immediately, and turn it over as it was being confiscated per the desire of the school principal. He was informed the principal does not agree with boys dressing like girls.” She also added, “The statement made to me was, ‘It is not okay for boys to dress like girls or girls to dress like boys’”.
The school district’s superintendent, Dr. Julie Vitale, said of the incident, “This action was taken in accordance with district policies. At no time was there an indication that the student was expressing any particular message. The Principal’s action was based upon the need to stop a general disruption to the school environment. The Romoland School District prides itself on having policies and practices that support all students regardless of gender identity or gender expression.”
Students and parents upset by this incident are coming together to wear clothing that breaks gender stereotypes all week.
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This article originally appeared on Smosh.