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Friday, May 16, 2014

San Francisco Girl Axed From Yearbook for Wearing Tuxedo

Posted By on Fri, May 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM

click to enlarge Jessica Urbina (left) in her tux. - FACEBOOK
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  • Jessica Urbina (left) in her tux.

Jessica Urbina's stylish senior portrait may have been jettisoned from the yearbook at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School -- but now it's plastered throughout the blogosphere, making her the school's new, unwitting poster child.

Sacred Heart administrators targeted Urbina for wearing a tux and bow tie, which apparently violates the school's dress code. Female students are expected to wear dresses for their yearbook photos.

Incensed by what they saw as top-down discrimination, Urbina's friends, classmates, and brother Michael launched a protest, arriving to school today in bow ties and publicizing the incident over Twitter.

It quickly created a media firestorm. Within hours, the school was censured by everyone from alumni, to Live 105 DJs, to local cab drivers. In a statement, Sacred Heart expressed regret over the incident, and said it would "work tirelessly to ensure that all students are included in the future." Though a spokeswoman declined to elaborate, many observers believe the school caved under pressure, and decided to change its dress code. In the meantime, the #JessicasTux hashtag is snowballing on Twitter.
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Rachel Swan

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Rachel Swan was a staff writer at SF Weekly from 2013 to 2015. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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