A 13-year-old boy in Kansas was suspended from school Wednesday for refusing to take off his Vera Bradley purse.
Skylar Davis, an eighth-grader at Anderson County Senior-Junior School, told KCTV he had been wearing the colorful Vera Bradley handbag for some time with no complaints before he was eventually called into Assistant Principal Don Hillard’s office.
"I went to the office and I refused to take it off, and they suspended me," the Kansas teen.
School officials called Davis’ mother, Leslie Willis, to pick up her son. “I was a little furious, and I called the school [and spoke to Hillard] to reverify the story, and yeah, he refused to take off his Vera Bradley bag, nothing more to do it,” Willis told KCTV.
Willis checked the school handbook, which doesn’t mention purses or bags. “Skylar has been going to school since August with that same Vera Bradley bag on, hasn’t taken it off. What is the problem?”
Willis said she was told her son’s suspension would end as soon as he stops wearing the purse. Skylar, however, is having none of it. "It expresses myself and I think everyone else can wear it, so I wear it as well," he said.
Dakota Haight, Davis’ brother, also weighed in on the situation to KCTV. “I’ve seen girls wear short shorts. Why don’t they get kicked out? But then he gets kicked out for a purse?” Haight said. “That doesn’t make sense. It’s not right.”
"I don't think everyone should be treated differently," Skylar said. "Everyone should have the same privileges."