#ClothingHasNoGender: Teen's 'distracting' outfit sparks online movement
(KMBC) A student's outfit set off a controversy at Lee's Summit North High School that's made headlines all over the world.
Morgan Ball said he likes to express himself, in part, through his outfits. He wore the outfit in question last Monday to celebrate his 17th birthday.
"I was just thinking, 'This is my day. I'm ready to celebrate,'" Morgan Ball said. "I wanted to share with people how I feel."
He said he was pulled into the school office and told his outfit was distracting.
"It was very difficult. It was very emotional," he said. "I felt like I was targeted."
He said he was told he needed to change to a different outfit, much to the surprise of his parents.
"I was shocked," said Cheri Ball, Morgan's mother. "It came out of left field. It's not the first time he's dressed in ways that others might find distracting."
He said he did eventually change his outfit to avoid any more trouble, but he has since enjoyed a groundswell of support. The hashtag #ClothingHasNoGender started appearing on everything from T-shirts to cars.
"It could have turned out totally different," said Jason Ball, Morgan's father.
"I've learned so much," Morgan Ball said. "More than I thought that I was going to."
A district spokeswoman said she can't comment on specific students, but no students were disciplined on the day Morgan Ball was asked to change his clothes.
The district said that the school learned about the controversy on social media and met with the family Wednesday. Morgan Ball said after the meeting he was encouraged by what he heard.
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