December 4, 1996 in Nation/World

No Black Lipstick, Student Told Again

Compiled From Wire Services

Eighth-grader Karla Chapman tried to return to school Tuesday wearing black lipstick and was turned away.

Karla, 13, was suspended Nov. 13 from Runyon Elementary School, which has grades through eight, under a rule prohibiting students from wearing anything considered a distraction.

The girl had tried to return once before wearing the lipstick, but was turned away. The family vowed to try every school day.

The family was in New York during the weekend to tape a segment of the Montel Williams Show.

“It’s not for the publicity at all,” Karla said. “It’s just because they violated my rights, and I don’t feel that they should be able to do that.”

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