Coy Sheppard, a Mississippi high school student, has filed suit against his school district after he was kicked off the football team for wearing pink cleats.
Oh, and the cleats were given to Sheppard by his great-grandmother and worn in honor of her and Sheppard’s grandmother, both cancer survivors, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Apparently the link to breast cancer wasn’t enough to allay coach Chris Peterson’s overwhelming fear of pink. Yes, the deadly emasculating power of this color is so great that even when worn as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month pink cleats are too great a threat to football to be allowed.
Telling a student he can’t wear pink cleats in honor of cancer survivors in his family is just cruel. Coach Peterson’s wild overreaction is a reminder of just how frightening anything that breaks the incredibly rigid rules of gender can be to binary gender defenders.
Good for Coy Sheppard for standing up to this bullying by a teacher!
Oh, and this is the same state where Constance McMillen was told she couldn’t bring her girlfriend to prom. Seriously, what is going on in Mississippi schools?