ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Students at Cibola High School said they're planning a pantsuit protest after a student was told that she cannot wear her chosen outfit to her graduation ceremony.
"All I want to do is wear a nice, elegant, classy suit," Cibola High School student Miranda Duran said.
But there's one problem: Duran's chosen pantsuit is too white.
"If she's going to wear pants, they have to be black. If she's going to wear a dress, it has to be white," Albuquerque Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Diego Gallegos said.
Duran, 18, said a recent meeting with her school's principal regarding her protest was also attended by four police officers.
"I'm not one to get scared or be fearful, but I was intimidated," Duran said.
Duran and her mother, Julia Duran, said the principal asked them to stop a protest planned for Monday.
"I was like, 'I can't stop the protest, I didn't start it and I didn't say anything about it,'" Miranda Duran said.
The teen said the police officers at the meeting did not try intervene during the meeting.
"They said they can't do anything about the protest as long as it's peaceful," she said.
APS leaders said they want to keep Cibola's graduation ceremony formal, and that's why they have the black pants rule. They said they will buy Duran a pair of black pants if she can not afford them.
An APS spokesperson handling the story did not immediately return a phone call for comment.
Students said they're planning the protest outside of the high school on Monday afternoon.
I blame us
, as citizens.
We owed it to ourselves (and maybe, morally, to our American ancestors)
to keep our low life employee, government,
on a short leash
, bearing constantly in mind
works for us;
we do NOT
work for it
If it is a public school,
then the students OWN the school
and its staff is there to serve them.
We shoud do something to continually REMIND
r the owners and the bosses, not IT
The tail tries to wag the dog
and it gets away with it because we allow it to do so.
We need the Dog Whisperer to keep priorities in correct alignment.
Maybe each 4th of July, government shoud be ceremonially HUMILIATED
to remind the damned thing who the boss is (in this case: the students).
Something must be done
to assert supremacy
of the Individual
over the collective and over its low life henchman: government.
"authority from the top down,
obedience from the bottom up."
; reject it.
Turn it around backward and upside down,
in the name of Individual freedom
The domestic jurisdiction of government
is INVERSELY PROPORTIONAL
to personal liberty.
Maybe the students shoud vote
on raising or lowering
the salaries of the teaching staff and of administrators.
Maybe that will teach
them some proper respect
for the Individual.