Calif. School Dons Skirts in Honor of Burn Victim

Nov 8, 2013 1:44 PM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Students and staff members at a small private high school in California are wearing skirts to show solidarity with an 18-year-old senior whose clothes were set on fire on a public bus.

Maybeck High School Director Trevor Cralle says Luke "Sasha" Fleischman's classmates came up with the idea of trading pants and shorts for kilts and sarongs Friday to support Fleischman while the teen recovers at a hospital.

Fleischman was wearing a skirt on Monday when a fellow bus passenger set the garment on fire with a lighter. A 16-year-old Oakland boy has been charged as an adult with hate crimes in the attack.

Relatives and friends say Fleischman identifies as "agender,"a designation sometimes adopted by people who see themselves as neither male nor female.

The school is in Berkeley.


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