Report: Goth Style Is Out At Wichita Middle School

August 30, 2004

The Associated Press is reporting that students at Wilbur Middle School in Wichita, KS who like the Goth look will have to rethink their clothing this year.

Principal Cherie Crain announced last week that the black lipstick, eye shadow, nail polish and hair dye of the so-called Goth style, can't be combined with all-black clothing anymore.

Crain said the students dressing in so-called Goth style had become a distraction, and some younger students were intimidated. She also said she has had a rule banning clothing or accessories that define a group of students in the Wilbur rule book for at least 15 years.

"Anything disruptive to school is a no-no, too," Crain said. "And this is definitely a disruption."

In this case, the accessories like studded metal bracelets, the black makeup and graphic T-shirts advertising heavy metal bands are the biggest concern, Crain said.

In past years, only two or three kids among Wilbur's 1,000 students dressed Goth, and Crain said she let that slide. But when school started last week, about a dozen kids had adopted the Goth look.

"We just want everybody to feel comfortable at school," Crain said.

Eighth-graders Rachel Perkins and Thea Lee said they'll need new wardrobes.

"Everybody that wears black clothes all the time has nothing but black clothes in their closets," Perkins said. Read more.

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