Thousands Rally Around High School Boy Who Was Suspended Over Nail Polish

Trevor Wilkinson, a 17-year-old senior at Clyde High School in Clyde, Texas, announced last week that he received in-school suspension for coming to school with his nails painted.

Trevor Wilkinson flaunts painted nails in a recent Instagram post thanking his supporters. | Instagram/trevormichae1
Trevor Wilkinson flaunts painted nails in a recent Instagram post thanking his supporters. | Instagram/trevormichae1

Tens of thousands of people online are rallying behind a Texas teenager who was given an in-school suspension for wearing nail polish to his high school. 

Trevor Wilkinson, a 17-year-old senior at Clyde High School in Clyde, Texas, said he received in-school suspension for coming to school with his nails painted.  

"Imagine your school not allowing boys to paint their nails and giving boys [in-school suspension] for it," he tweeted on November 30. "And the whole administration being okay with it, homophobic and sexist? welcome to west texas."

Wilkinson also launched a change.org petition calling on the school to change the policy he says is a “complete double standard.”

According to the Clyde High School Student Handbook, boys are prohibited from wearing make-up and nail polish.

“I was told that I will continue to get ISS until I take them off. It’s a complete double standard because girls are allowed to paint and get their nails done,” Wilkinson said in the petition. 

“Not only that, but freedom of expression is validation enough that the dress code and policy is not okay. I am a gay male and I’m beyond proud. This is unjust and not okay,” he continued. 

As of December 7, Wilkinson’s petition has garnered over 85,000 online signatures, with his story gaining a national platform. 

The ACLU of Texas also expressed support for the Texas teen, stating that, “Students should never be treated differently because of their gender.”

“TX school districts must strive to be safe, supportive learning environments, and join districts across the U.S. in removing policies based on antiquated sex stereotypes,” the organization chapter said.

In a December 3 update to the petition page, Wilkinson said, “I am currently still in ISS and they told me that I either have to go online, or stay in ISS until I take my nails off.”

“Keep signing so I can show these close minded people that discrimination is not okay, and should not be tolerated,” he continued. “Thank yall so much for the support, it means the world and I REFUSE to back down.”

The Clyde Consolidated Independent School District did not comment to NBC News on the matter regarding Wilkinson but told the news outlet in a statement that it "conducts a diligent and thoughtful review" of its dress code policy on an annual basis.