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Breast Cancer: Texas Teen Sent Home For ‘Going Overboard’ With Pink Day Outfit

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A Texas teenager whose mother died of breast cancer was sent home from school for “going overboard” with an awareness costume on Pink Day. Dustin Drake was reportedly told to leave the school when the costume he wore to honor his mother was allegedly deemed inappropriate for school.

The 17-year-old student wore a bright pink wig, pink shirt, pink tutu, pink glasses, pink knee-socks, and pink shoes with a Susan B. Komen label. Drake’s mother lost her battle with breast cancer last year. His head-to-toe pink ensemble was reportedly worn to illustrate how close the issue of awareness is to his heart, according to The Blaze.

CBS11 News reports that school administrators objected to the Pink Day outfit, pulled the young man out of class, and then called his father. The teenager’s mother died three days before Pink Day last year. He wore the same outfit to cheer her up before the disease took her from his life.

Ben Drake, Dustin’s dad, had this to say about his son being sent home from school:

“My reaction was a little of disgust toward the school district that they would have a Pink Out and then send people home that were above their standard. To me, it’s probably the last thing she saw. Battling cancer is all a mind game. You have to stay strong in your head to be strong in your body.”

Red Oak High School has remained firm in their opinion that Drake went too far when wearing the outfit to school on Pink Day. A statement from the school reads:

“Students and staff were given the option to elect to wear jeans and a pink t-shirt.”

School officials were aware that Drake’s mother died of breast cancer. They also noted that he was not the only student punished for a “garment violation” and that parents were permitted to bring “approved” clothing for their children.

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4 Responses to “Breast Cancer: Texas Teen Sent Home For ‘Going Overboard’ With Pink Day Outfit”

  1. Patty Seifert-Ledbetter

    Freedom of expression takes many forms…Cancer is a nasty disease and a battle we are losing the war on every day. This young man, having first hand knowledge of the pain and loss of what this disease is and does, didn't do anything wrong except to express his support for the Komen Foundation and their dedication to cancer research. There wasn't any celebration in his life, his mother had already lost her battle. I feel it is better to allow them to dress to express than to have a child on drugs and can't be reached. Perhaps this school district needs to be less rigid in their rules as it applies to certain events. Being a former School Board member myself, I just don't see the issue myself. I see a well adjusted student who was participating in an event that was honoring his Mother and all women across the world who have been lost to this disease and those who have survived as well. I commend you Drake for honoring your Mother in your own way. Continue to be the free spirit that you are. God Bless <3.

  2. Cyndi Denney

    I think the school is ABSOLUTELY wrong. Until you have worn these shoes don't try to walk in them or take them off of someone who has. This is ridiculous and they should all be ashamed of themselves. Let him express "pink" day at school however he feels best as long as it doesn't interfere with his grades. In fact to heck with his grades for that day… He was honoring his mother.. I am luckily a survivor and still around for my child and grandkids.