School: Boy’s Vera Bradley bag unhip
The colorful quilted handbags produced by Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley have fans across the globe, but apparently not in the administrative offices of a Kansas school. At least the administrators are not fans of boys carrying handbags.
Eighth-grader Skyler Davis said he was suspended from school Wednesday because he refused to stop wearing the bag (what appears to be the Hipster style in the Suzani print, for those of us who are Vera fans). School officials wouldn’t comment, citing student privacy restrictions.
But the student’s mother, Leslie Willis, told a Kansas City TV station that her son was summoned to the assistant principal’s office at Anderson County Senior-Junior School and told to remove the bag. When he refused, Willis was told to come pick him up.
I was a little furious, and I called the school (and spoke to the assistant principal) to reverify the story, and yeah, he refused to take off his Vera Bradley bag, nothing more to it, Willis told the TV station.
Later, school officials claimed he was suspended for foul language, but Willis insists otherwise. Skyler has been going to school since August with that same Vera Bradley bag on, hasn’t taken it off. What is the problem? she said.
She also complained that the student handbook does not prohibit carrying such bags and that female students have been permitted to do so.
Two stores that sell the popular Vera Bradley line contacted the TV station to offer more merchandise to Skyler. The company released a statement to KCTV: Vera Bradley creates products that allow all of us to express our individual style. We encourage self-expression through color and design.