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No Shorts, but Skirts, for Boys in N.J. High School

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No Shorts, but Skirts, for Boys in N.J. High School

No Shorts, but Skirts, for Boys in N.J. High School

No Shorts, but Skirts, for Boys in N.J. High School

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A high school senior in New Jersey has eliminated one more bit of discrimination, but he had to wear a skirt to do it. Michael Coviello argued the school discriminated against boys when they were banned wearing shorts for much of the year, while girls were allowed to show their legs in skirts. So he donned a skirt to protest the dress code, and was sent home. The ACLU defended him, with the result that boys still can't wear shorts — but they can now wear skirts.

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Good, morning, I'm Renee Montagne. A high school senior in New Jersey has eliminated one more bit of discrimination, but he had to wear a skirt to do it. Michael Coviello argued his school discriminated against boys when they banned wearing shorts for much of the year, when girls were allowed to show their legs in skirts. So, he donned a skirt in protest, was sent home, and the ACLU defended him, with the result that boys can't wear shorts whenever they want to, but they can wear skirts.

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