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Boy, 13, suspended for carrying Vera Bradley purse

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GARNETT, KS (KCTV) -

A 13-year-old Kansas eighth-grader says he was suspended from school on Wednesday because he refused to take off his Vera Bradley purse.

His furious mother says it is discrimination because girls are allowed to have purses with no repercussions.

"I don't think everyone should be treated differently," Skylar Davis said. "Everyone should have the same privileges."

Anderson County School District officials did not respond to KCTV5's repeated efforts to get a comment.

Skylar is a student at Anderson County Senior-Junior School. He said he has been carrying the colorful fabricVera Bradley bag over his shoulder for some time with no issues.

"It expresses myself and I think everyone else can wear it, so I wear it as well," Skylar told KCTV5's Dave Jordan.

He was summoned to Assistant Principal Don Hillard's office after he wouldn't take it off.

"I went to the office and I refused to take it off, and they suspended me," the teen explained.

School personnel then called his mother, Leslie Willis, to come get 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 said.

She said she reviewed the student handbook but did not see a mention to bags or purses. She questions the suspension and the timing.

"Skylar has been going to school since August with that same Vera Bradley bag on, hasn't taken it off. What is the problem?" she asked.

She said she supports her son and his choices. She said if he wants to carry a Vera Bradley purse or any other type of bag that he should be able to do so without being punished.

KCTV5 left messages for Hillard on his office and cell phone. He wasn't at home Wednesday night.

Dakota Haight said the situation with his brother is unfair.

"I've seen girls wear short shorts. Why don't they get kicked out? But then he gets kicked out for a purse? That doesn't make sense. It's not right," Haight said.

Willis said she was told that the suspension wouldn't be lifted until Skylar stops wearing the purse, which he says he won't do.

Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM
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jojo_382
by Silver Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:41 PM
oh my goodness are you serious the school has nothing better to do than that that is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heardthis is how you know the world is becoming Stupid
SommelierMom
by Emerald Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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It's because those bags are so hideous. ;)
anotherhalf
by on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM
I sure hope there is more to the story.
ff-princess
by Ruby Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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our school district has the "distracting" loophole.  all other rules aside, if it could be considered distracting for the student to wear it to school then it is not allowed.  I'd bet at the least they're covered there, it's a pretty standard inclusion.

allycally
by Platinum Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM
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Wow... bullying at its finest
TurtleMomma82
by Barbie on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM

O.o

just when I think I've heard it all.....

Bigmetalchicken
by Ruby Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:44 PM
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Am I the only person on earth that just does not understand the popularity of these ugly ass 70's style grandma knitting bags? Because I find them ugly as sin.

proudmommy690
by Ruby Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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Complete bullshit!
owl0210
by Emerald Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM
They really are lol.

Quoting SommelierMom:

It's because those bags are so hideous. ;)
suzanneyea
by Ruby Member on Nov. 7, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Why does the brand name of the purse matter?

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