Thursday, May 12, 2005

Dude looks like a lady.

A $249 Humor Ticket was issued to a Wisconsin senior for expressing himself at the prom:
A high school senior who thought it would be funny to wear a dress to his prom was ticketed $249 for disorderly conduct, suspended for three days and banned from his last track meet.

School district administrator Jim Gottinger said the discipline was for more than just the dress, noting Kerry Lofy, 18, was dancing in a sexually provocative manner at the prom, according to a police report.

Lofy doubts that was the real reason he was disciplined Monday.

"The whole night was that kind of dancing. They can't single me out and say, 'Oh it was you, it was only you,'" he said. "I think it's over the dress."

Lofy said Lake Geneva Badger High had no problem letting him go to Saturday's prom with another male, but that school officials drew the line at his dress.

"I thought it would be more appropriate for there to be one person dressed like a girl and a person dressed like a guy, than for there to be two guys to go," said Lofy, a member of the school's track, ski, powerlifting and soccer teams.

Also, he thought people would find it funny to see a 6-foot, 185-pound male in a black, stretchy, spaghetti-strap dress.

When Lofy showed up in the dress, a blond wig, open-toed platform sandals, blue earrings and a necklace, teachers turned him away. He said he showed up later with a tan-and-black plaid leisure suit over the dress, went inside and whipped off the suit during a dance-off. A security guard escorted him out, he said.

Lofy said when he went to school Monday, the school liaison police officer issued the disorderly conduct ticket.

"They thought I was mocking the school," he said.
If Lofy were a effete, stringy mascara wearer who had a tendency to dig in his mother's underwear drawer and re-enact the famous Silence of the Lambs tuck & run while listening to Barry Manilow, the school would have allowed him to express his gender confusion in a comfortable atmosphere that promotes tolerance.

Because he's a masculine (presumably) straight male making an obvious joke and trying to be funny, his mockery of political correctness was interpreted as being at the expense of students & staff who have a tough time choosing between Hanes and Victoria's Secret.

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