Jonathan Escobar may have chosen to wear wigs, skinny jeans and make-up as a form of expression. But the administration at North Cobb High School wants him to go express himself somewhere else.
According to the AJC, Escobar recently relocated from Miami to the Atlanta area to live with his sister. After attending the Cobb County school for only three days, the school's assistant principal told him he should dress more "manly" or consider home schooling.
Escobar refused to compromise his personal style and withdrew from the high school.
But students at the high school refuse to keep quiet about the issue. Over 5,000 people have joined the Facebook group "Support Jonathan," where 21 separate threads of discussion have popped up and over 1,000 people have submitted wall posts.
One supporter said, "Be who you are and the hell with anybody who has a problem with it."
Another added: "Keep being yourself Jonathan! Support from Sweden!"
But some Facebookers were not so sympathetic.
"faggs don't belong."
Another poster chimed in, "How is he being denied any sort of education? HE DROPPED OUT ON HIS OWN ACCORD. He is not being discriminated against, he's playing the "its because i'm gay!" card and everyone is seriously blindly just buying in to it."
Friends and supporters have posted threads with GED resources for Escobar to continue his schooling and are also selling bright pink "Support Jonathan" for five dollars each.
Other supporters are sending a letter to the school's principal expressing dismay that the school has "attacked a gender variant student at a vulnerable time" his life. Some students are advocating a cross-dressing day on Oct. 12, the day after National Coming Out day.
The story is moving past the local news arena with supporters commenting from as far away as Japan. And the New York Daily News and Huffington Post have picked up the story and brought Escobar's fight to the national spotlight.
Not surprising at all.. Most of America is a sprawling-strip mall dotted-suburbia speckled-freeway.
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