A Texas student was reportedly sent home from school for his boisterous outfit at an annual “Pink Day” in honor of breast cancer on Friday. Having lost his mother to the disease last year, 17-year-old Dustin Drake went head to toe in a bright pink wig, pink glasses, a pink shirt, pink tutu, pink knee-high socks, and pink shoes with the Susan B. Komen label.
“Everything was pink,” he summarized. “[Breast cancer awareness] close to my heart, the way I feel about it.”
But school administrators objected to the outfit, and according to CBS11, pulled Drake out of class and called his father.
“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,” Ben Drake, the boy’s father commented.
The day is particularly special for the teen because “Pink Day” fell just three days before his mother died last year, he said. At the time, he wore the exact same wild outfit in an attempt to cheer her up.
“To me, it’s probably the last thing she saw,” Drake told CBS11 with emotion. “Battling cancer is all a mind game. You have to stay strong in your head to be strong in your body.”
School administrators from Red Oak High School, however, remained firm.
“Students and staff were given the option to elect to wear jeans and a pink t-shirt,” a statement read. They added that they were aware of how the boy’s mother died, but that he wasn’t the only one punished for the garment violation, and that parents were allowed to bring approved clothing to school.
Watch CBS11’s report, below: