Andy Towle was allowed to wear his kilt to school this past Monday. The principal of Danville High School in Vermont informed the senior that he was not allowed to wear his plaid kilt at school. Towle wanted to celebrate his Scottish heritage, but was told by the principal that he may not be allowed to march in the graduation unless he changed.
Towle complied, but that night, he consulted with his father, David, and by Tuesday, the superintendent had overruled the principal. David Towle happens to be a local school board member. David Towle also stated that he was happy that the principal had been overruled, and was proud of his son’s desire to show his Scottish heritage.
The kilt itself belonged to Andy’s late grandfather.
Superintendent Martha Tucker did not address the kilt issue publically, but it should be noted that there is still a strong strain of opposition to males wearing kilts and skirts in America even as the stigma of women wearing pants has long since gone away. This is an issue that has caused a great deal of consternation when it has come to gender identity and gender expression even as some straight men would like to wear kilts.
Andy Towle is not related to Andy Towle of Towleroad that we know of. It is just one of those odd coincidences that they share a name.