Petition Started to Support Florida Boy Who Was Asked to Remove Makeup at School

Fourteen-year-old Chris Martin is probably cooler than you. He wears anarchy symbol shirts to school (because fuck the crumbling system, right?). He doesn't label his sexuality (because labels are limiting anyway). And he wears makeup to school (because gender roles are outdated and oppressive social constructs).

His middle school principal isn't so cool though, and asked Martin to change his anarchy shirt and wipe off his makeup when he showed up to school one day. Now his mothers are pissed.

According to The Tampa Bay Times, the incident occurred last week Meadowlawn Middle School in St. Petersburg.

One of Martin's mothers say that Chris had asked her to help him apply some makeup before school, and she was distressed when she got a call informing her that her son was violating the dress code. Though she understood how the anarchy shirt might have been a bit too much, she thought asking her son to remove his minimal makeup was too much.

From The Huffington Post:

"Honestly, when Chris asked me to apply his makeup that morning, it never occurred to me that it would cause a problem," she said. "More than anything, I was happy to see him so confident in expressing himself. When he called a little later from the school to tell me that he got in trouble for the makeup and that the administration wanted him to wash it off, I was sad and then angry to hear in his voice that he had lost that self-confidence."

"While speaking with the principal, it became clear that his issue was based upon my son's gender nonconformity and not the dress code. In my opinion, the principal was not passing judgement upon my son's appearance, but rather his person."

The Martins claim that Chris has gotten teased and physically harassed for his identity in the past, and feel that the school has done little to curb such behavior.

Now a petition is circling around the internet asking the Pinellas County School Board to stop siding with bullies and adopt policies that are more LGBTQ inclusive.

A spokeswoman for the school district told The Times that there "more to the issues," but refused to elaborate, citing students' privacy.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

My Voice Nation Help
Exiliado topcommenter

I also question the good judgment of "the mothers." They're probably also hungry for attention.

If they cared about doing what's right, they would have asked the kid if he thought THAT could be against school policies. They could have had a conference with the school counselor, explain the "identity" situation and find a way to help him express himself. They could have at the same time educate his peers to promote acceptance. They could help him in a mature, responsible way, but instead they choose defiance.

They are adults, and they should understand that changes don't happen overnight. A boy wearing make up is not "normal" yet. Shoving their opinion down everybody else's throats is not gonna help them, and it is certainly not going to help the boy.


I can see why the shirt was too much, but makeup? That's how he's choosing to express himself, so be it. The fact that he has 2 Mother's doesn't change anything either, he's a normal kid just trying to grow up and fit in with all the difficulties in his life that people are bashing him for.

Exiliado topcommenter

A boy with two moms and wearing make-up to school does not sound like he has his identity very well defined.

Toss in the anarchy thingy and all this sound less like "expressing identity" and more like attention seeking behavior.

CheckpointCharlie73 topcommenter

Why do all of these freaks need to get so much attention?

Jason Smith
Jason Smith

It will go on his permanent record......


This article should definitely help him with those bully troubles!

Eugene Buck
Eugene Buck

Identity? really is that what your calling it?


Gee, and here I thought that same sex parents would not affect a child, well this one surely is mixed up

j.pollo topcommenter

Sign of the times: "his mothers"

Now Trending

From the Vault