Wearing black lipstick and face paint to school is a religious right, says a ninth-grade boy in Southern California.
James Herndon, 16, said the five-day suspension imposed Monday by administrators at San Bernardino’s Pacific High School was unfair because females are allowed to wear cosmetics on campus.
Herndon says his black lipstick and red eye makeup express the Wiccan religious beliefs he shares with his mother, a priestess in the neo-pagan faith. He contends the suspension violates his constitutional right to free expression.
Check out the photo. It’s a Goth-clown effect.