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The Tampa Tribune
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June 13, 2013

Christopher Martin is a quiet boy. He loves Adam Lambert, dreams of becoming a chemist and shuffles his long black hair in front of his face when he's done talking. The 14-year-old never expected to miss his last day at Meadowlawn Middle School for a dress code violation or that the incident would start a national media frenzy. As soon as Martin walked into school on June 5, two assistant principals confronted him about the T-shirt and makeup he was wearing. He never even made it to his first period. "They said I could change my shirt and wash it off and stay at school, but I didn't want to, even though I wanted to say goodbye to my friends," Martin said Wednesday, a day he spent fielding interview requests from local and national media.

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