13-Year-Old Boy Says School Made Him Take Off Elsa Costume On Disney Day
A 13-year-old boy said that his school principal made him take off the Elsa costume he wore for Disney day.
Austin Lacey, 13, is a student at Ethan Chase Middle School in Menifee, located in Riverside County, KTLA reports. On Thursday, he and his fellow classmates were allowed to wear Disney costumes for spirit day. Lacey decided to dress up as Elsa—you know, the blonde ice queen in the 2013 Disney hit Frozen.
Lacey said that his peers thought his costume was great, and many asked him to post for photos with them.
"I wore it for fun. I'm just one of those people that likes to go all out," he told KTLA.
However, Lacey says the school principal was not in the mood for this revelry and demanded he take off his costume. Sounds like he was being a real Hans.
Lacey's mother, Brooke Francey claims that, "[Austin] was later informed that the principal does not believe that boys should be dressed like girls," she said.
Francey says that Lacey is not transgender, but that she and her son don't believe what happened was right.
The school, however, claims Lacey was asked to remove the costume because it was causing a distraction. The Romoland School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale issued a statement:
"This action was taken in accordance with district policies. At no time was there an indication that the student was expressing any particular message. The Principal's action was based upon the need to stop a general disruption to the school environment. The Romoland School District prides itself on having policies and practices that support all students regardless of gender identity or gender expression."
Sounds like it was just a bit of fun. Maybe the school should have...let it go?