It began as a challenge, when Sam Saurs told his mom he was tired of hearing her complain that her feet hurt in high heels. She bet him he couldn't last a day in heels.
So 15-year-old Saurs, of Port Orchard, not only wore a pair of spiky pumps to school, but a flowy, low-cut dress and make-up. He said he felt "pretty" that day, but the dean at Sedgwick Junior High School told him he was a distraction and to go home, Q13 Fox News reported.
That prompted Saurs to tell the dean he was being sexist, the station said. That led to the boy's suspension for the rest of the school year, KING 5 reported. It was later reduced to three days.
The ninth grader ended up missing the school's dance and annual trip to Wild Waves.
"If anything, it makes me want to be more out there and more spontaneous and crazy," Saurs told KING 5.
The station reported the boy had been suspended before for wearing makeup and hats to school. His mother said the school does have a ban on hats, but no rule against boys in dresses.
"I found that very offensive," Ivanna Leible told KING 5. "They told him he couldn't be him."
The South Kitsap School District offered little comment, except to say the issue had "been resolved."