Brian Ibe was sent home from Ridge Point High School after showing up for “Decades Day” in slave attire. Ibe was sporting a ripped shirt with fake blood, a ball and chain, shackles, a pitchfork, and a bag of cotton. The senior says he was paying homage to his ancestors.
“I decided to dress in the time when there were slaves, from about the 1600s to the 1800s,” the young man said. The school told Ibe to take off the getup before “it causes problems.” Ibe, who doesn’t want problems, decided to take off the costume in fear of an in school suspension.
Ridge Point has released a statement saying:
“While I am unable to share specific information about any student, it is important to note that the RPHS administration has been reminding students that they will be enforcing the dress code despite the daily spirit week activities.
“If a student is dressed inappropriately, and/or if their dress is considered a distraction to the learning environment, they will and have been asked to change clothes. In the last couple of days, less than a dozen students have been asked to change or modify their clothing.
“Ridge Point High School is encouraging students to express their school spirit this week, while adhering to the dress code. It is important that the campus maintain a distraction-free learning environment.”