Spring High senior says school won’t let him wear dress to prom

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by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on February 20, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 11:20 PM

SPRING – A high school student is fighting to wear what he wants to his senior prom. For him, that includes a dress, heels and a wig.

Tony Zamazal says he’s recently been wearing women’s clothing as often as he can.

He says he feels more comfortable dressing as a woman, and was ready to make his big debut at prom.

He ran into a problem when he posed the question to an assistant principal at Spring High School.

Zamazal claims the assistant principal, in charge of prom dress code, gave him an immediate answer. It wasn’t what Zamazal wanted to hear.

“He told me it just wasn’t in the dress code. [He said] women wore dresses, and men wore tuxedos,” explained Tony Zamazal.

Zamazal says he felt a strong sense of disappointment after hearing that answer. Now he’s ready take a stand.

“If I do get to go as a woman, I will be ecstatic,” said Zamazal. “If I don’t, it would be devastating, because I put myself out there.”

The Spring High senior says he doesn’t care what others think about him, as long as he gets to be himself.

“It’s not okay to just tell people, they can’t be the way that they are. It’s not just a choice of the way you look,” added Zamazal. “It’s more of who you are.”

A Spring Independent School District spokeswoman says there is a process through which Zamazal can fight this. It would begin with him taking his request to the principal of Spring High School.

That spokeswoman was not able to explain the dress code policy is for school dances.

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