Does forcing a student to conform to social norms prevent bullying or perpetuate it? A recent episode in Florida once again brought this debate to light: a male student who wore high heels to school was asked by an assistant principal to remove them — even though he wasn’t violating dress code.

Riverview High School Principal Heilmann told 10 News that he made the request out of concern for the student’s safety. "Part of bullying is to try to prevent it, whether people make fun of what you are wearing, or your hair. If I can prevent that, I will. said Heilmann. Some students felt the assistant principal didn’t have the student’s best interests in mind. Read on…