He's a high-schooler in heels (video)

Last week a senior at Riverview High was sent to the principal's office after he wore heels to class. A friend of the unnamed boy claims the heels made the teen feel confident, at least until he was singled out by his teacher and sent to the principal. The teacher claimed the shoes were a distraction that provoked threatening name-calling from other students. The principal did not discipline the student but he did ask the boy to remove the shoes, claiming his main concern was the teen's safety.


This story raises the issue of individual rights versus the public good. Should a high school student be allowed to express himself even if it results in a genuine disruption of the learning environment? Should a girl be able to wear a bikini to class as a form of self-expression? What about a revealing tube top? Should the teacher be reprimanded for not silencing the taunting students, or was it simply easier to ask the teen to remove his heels instead of trying to correct the many years of bigotry and gender expectations hardwired into these students? What do you think?


Boy in high heels removed from class: MyFoxTAMPABAY.com

  • Miss Jay Alexander rocking heels

A certain breed of men know how to work a pair of high heels better than many women. If I'm ever in doubt as to the sex of a person in a dress, I look to the legs. Cross-dressing men have notoriously toned legs made even more defined by high heels. While many men can rock heels quite well, one Tampa teen has raised the question of whether boys should be allowed to wear heels in a classroom environment.

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