Apologize to Asante Cotman and Stop Discrimination!
  • Petitioned Janet Crawley

This petition was delivered to:

Superintendent Charles City High, Charles County, Virginia
Janet Crawley

Apologize to Asante Cotman and Stop Discrimination!

    1. Adam Gresch
    2. Petition by

      Adam Gresch

      Sarasota, United States

17-year-old Asante Cotman was suspended from Charles City High for wearing high heels at school - see the news story here: http://www.nbc12.com/category/195973/video-landing-page?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6799928

The principal of the school claimed that his beige high heels were a "distraction" to the other students and she promptly gave him a three-day suspension. This issue is compounded with the fact that the principal has not made an effort to give Cotman the work he is missing while out of school.

The suspension is a clear double standard, considering that girls can and do wear high heels to the school, according to Cotman. Please, sign this petition and give voice to the continuing issues of gay rights and gender stereotypes. By signing this petition:
1. We are asking that Charles City High officially apologize to Asante Cotman for suspending him for wearing high heels to school.
2. We are asking that they help him make up for the work that he missed during his suspension.
3. We are asking that the school create a rule that protects children from being singled out and punished for a behavior that is tolerated for others at school (i.e. Boys shouldn't be punished for wearing an article of clothing if girls are allowed to wear it, etc.)

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Cynthia Reel FREDERICKSBURG, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because it's the right thing to do.

    • macy mellissa ALABAMA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      If girls can wear boys' clothes, boys can wear girls' clothes. This is both gender identity discrimination and misandry, really.

    • Peter Medico SARASOTA, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      Because I believe in freedom of expression.

    • Valerie Horner EVERETT, WA
      • over 2 years ago

      I admire Asante Cotman's courage to be himself.

    • Judi Swenson HUMBLE, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      All students have a right to learn, and if others can wear purple hair, high heels, or baggy pants and those are not considered a distraction, then Asante should have the same rights as everyone else. I'm thankful he is still a student and hasn't dropped out due to bullying/peer pressure.Stay strong Asante and hopefully your strength and perseverance with be a model for others.


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