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January-03-97

Girl Expelled From School for Wearing Lipstick Files Suit

A thirteen-year-old girl, suspended from a Pikeville, Kentucky school for wearing black lipstick, is back at school, sans lipstick, but is filing suit against the school. School officials suspended Karla Chapman on November 13th for wearing lipstick which caused a "distraction" to other students. She was suspended for three days and was then turned away three times when she came back to school wearing the lipstick. She is currently being transferred to a school where wearing black lipstick will not make her a student in bad standing. The American Civil Liberties Union has helped Chapman file a lawsuit which claims that the schools dress code is too vague.

Media Resources: The Lexington Herald-Leader - January 3, 1997