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Lesbian student graduation attire controversy settled

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

ASHLAND, VA (WWBT) – It's all smiles for Tiffany Johnson after all the controversy surrounding her choice in graduation attire. She tells us she met with the school principal and now the whole situation has been resolved.

"He did apologize," said Patrick Henry High School student, Tiffany Johnson. "He told me that he really passionately cared about my feelings and my comfort ability."

A spokesperson for Patrick Henry High School declined to talk further about the incident on camera. But after our story aired they offered the following comment.

"To ensure the dignity of commencement, high schools establish guidelines for student attire at graduation activities. Students who desire flexibility with the guidelines may discuss their concerns with the individual high school's principal." 

A spokesperson for the ACLU is backing Tiffany's concerns.

"Federal law prohibits public schools that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex and this dress code to me sounds blatantly discriminatory," said American Civil Liberties Union spokesperson, Rebecca Glenberg.

But now that the issue is resolved, Tiffany has already picked out her graduation outfit and is excited to walk across the stages.

"(For) graduation I'm going to wear my white button down shirt," said Johnson. "I'm going to wear some white loafers and white capris."

Tiffany's graduation is schedule for mid June. She's already been accepted into college and is looking forward to starting this fall.

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