School plans gender-neutral graduation gowns

GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut high school's plan to have all graduates wear gender-neutral caps and gowns at commencement is meeting opposition from some students.

Girls have traditionally worn white gowns at Greenwich High School commencement ceremonies, while boys have worn red.

The Greenwich Time reports that student activities director Diane Chiappetta Fox wrote in a letter this week to parents of graduating seniors that students this year would wear a "newly designed red, gender-neutral cap and gown." She did not explain the reason for the change.

An online petition was started in opposition to the plan.

One student said she had been looking forward to wearing a white gown for four years and suggested letting graduates choose the color of their gown.

Another said the move was crushing school spirit.