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Cumberland Schools Change Graduation Dress Code for Female Students

Posted January 19, 2007

— Female students at Cumberland County schools will have a little leeway for their graduation.

Last year, Douglas Byrd High School officials did not let Bobbie Spanbauer walk across the stage during graduation. She wanted to wear pants instead of a dress.

School leaders said Spanbauer waited too long to voice her concern.

Under the new dress code, male students must still wear dress pants.

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  • WhatEver Jan 23, 2007

    The reason hetro's feel they have more rights than the homo's is because they do. We are the norm., what God intended. You people are the ones who make being a homo a issue. You say someone's sexual orientation is no one's business? Well then don't go flaunting it with you rainbows and gay coalitions. I don't go around saying I am a hetro though maybe I should. Maybe us hetro's should get together and make a "Save Our Values Coalition" and protest.

  • geowilrlst Jan 21, 2007

    LMFAO !

  • ctechic2004 Jan 20, 2007

    Why do heterosexuals feel that they have more rights than the gay and lesbian community. What someone sexual preference is no one's busy but their own. Pants, skirts, dresses, or whatever, what does it matter...She earned her diploma and what hse wears is not going to change that fact.

  • albritton76 Jan 20, 2007

    A woman wanting to wear pants makes her gay? Huh? They wear robes during graduation anyway, so what difference does it make? It's just a high school graduation (yes, "just"), folks.

  • builder276 Jan 20, 2007

    Why do gays think that they have a special set of rights and can someone show me on what page of the constitution they are written on, I missd that page. Personally I do not want to know what someones sexual preferance is, especially if they are sexually confused

  • Bob3425 Jan 20, 2007

    Who cares put them in school uniforms and call it the Bobbie Spanbauer rule, let her old classmate go and thank her.

  • Cowboy Jan 19, 2007

    This little lady, if any saw her, was trying to make a statement for gay rights. If you saw the picture of her you would realize that is what this was about. The issue was not a dress, it was challenging a set policy at the last minute in the most media-worthy way. Nice job, shout out to gays and feminists...wanting to change the rules and laws to accomodate themseles!

  • jburack Jan 19, 2007

    You say males must still wear pants, What about females? Did I miss something in this story.

  • johngoodson Jan 19, 2007

    It is obvious, she wanted to wear pants. Neither story tells what the changes are. All we learn is that boys must still wear dress pants. Oh well, it's what I have come to expect from the high standards of WRAL.

  • Its Just What I Do Jan 19, 2007

    john.goodson: that's what the "related story" up top right corner is for. for those of you who did not read the prior article- officials did not let her graduate because she refused to wear a dress under her graduation gown- she wanted to wear pants.