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The student was ordered to take off the high heels because he was disrupting the school. Asante Cotman challenged his principal and got suspended. NBC12 talked with him, on day one, of his 3-day suspension.

“I wore this jacket right here and my white shirt and my scarf and a pair of cargo pants and the heels. I didn’t see how it was bothering anyone. I wasn’t revealing nothing,” Asante showed us.

Beige stilettos ignited animosity between the high school junior and his principal. Asante Cotman says he’s the only openly gay male student at Charles City High. The spike heels were the crescendo, the boiling point for both.

ASANTE: “She’s talking to me in a manner, like, belittling me. ‘Oh, you shouldn’t come back here. Oh, we would be glad if you didn’t come back here. Everybody would be happy.’ That comment really got to me. I was almost done.”

DIANE WALKER: “What do you mean almost done?”

ASANTE: “I feel like I was about to kill myself. I was almost done.”

Asante refused to take off the heels and the principal called him out of 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 put on slippers when the principal threatened to call police. NBC12 went to the school but Principal Stephannie Crutchfield wouldn’t discuss it. She said she couldn’t. I walked to the adjacent school and found Superintendent Dr. Janet Crawley.

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