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Skylar Davis, a Kansas eighth grader at Anderson County Senior-Junior School, was allegedly suspended after refusing to remove the Vera Bradley purse he wascarrying to class.

 Davis told a local news channel, KCTV5, which originally reported the story, that he’s been carrying the purse since August, but that it hadn’t been an issue until this week.

Davis was called to the Assistant Principal’s office and, after refusing to take off the bag, was sent home with his mother.

“It expresses myself and I think everyone else can wear it, so I wear it as well,” Skylar told KCTV5.

Anderson Count Senior-Junior School’s handbook does not mention the use of purses in classrooms. However, according to Superintendent Dan Blome, it is a “long-standing rule.”

 Davis’s suspension would be lifted if he agrees to stop wearing the purse.

 “I don't think everyone should be treated differently," Skyler Davis said to KCTV Wednesday. "Everyone should have the same privileges."

Davis’s mother remains supportive of her son, and has said she’s proud that Skylar is standing up for what he believes in. 

"I think it is pretty cool that Skyler is making a stand and it's causing somebody to listen," she said

Interested in this story? Check out HRC’s Welcoming Schools project for more on creating learning environments that embrace family diversity, avoid gender stereotyping and end bullying.

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