The 17-year-old Asante Cotman says he’s the only openly gay male student at Charles City High. When Cotman refused to remove his heels, the principal removed him from every class.
“She said I was being disrespectful because she told me to take them off and I didn’t take them off. And she called me again because I didn’t take them off. I don’t understand disrupting the class, because nobody was talking about it. Everybody was doing their work. People have seen me wear heels before. People see me with a pocketbook every day,” Asante said.
He told NBC12 that he felt he had been suspended for being gay.
Cotman says school officials did not offer to end the suspension and believes the principal went to far.