Controversy at a Florissant high school over student cross-dressing day

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FLORISSANT, MO (KTVI) – Students at a north St. Louis County school say they see cross-dressing day as a day of support for everyone regardless of gender identity, including transgender students. But a district spokesperson says the principal and student council feel the opposite is true.

The intent of the new Let Us Cross Dress, McCluer North Facebook page seems as obvious. The page's creators wore t-shirts to school Tuesday in support of gay pride and all gender identities.

A spokesman for the Ferguson-Florissant School District knows all about the tradition from his years as a teacher in the district.  He says it's been part of Spirit Week leading up to homecoming, but something seniors did on their own; and they hardly seemed to be doing so to show support or tolerance.  School administrators looked the other way, but not this year.  The students who started the protest say they have close to 24 members.

Members of the school's Gay Straight Alliance want to keep the unofficial Crossing Day.

There's fear they won't be allowed to attend graduation if they participate.

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