Portrait of girl in tuxedo omitted from yearbook

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Updated: 5/16 12:59 pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Catholic high school in San Francisco is coming under fire for refusing to include a portrait of a female student wearing a tuxedo in the school yearbook.

Students at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School wore ties over their T-shirts and dresses on Friday to protest the administration's decision to omit senior Jessica Urbina's photo.

Jessica had her portrait taken last fall and elected to wear the tuxedo jacket and black bow-tie made available to boys instead of the black off-the-shoulder drape offered to girls.

Principal Gary Cannon told reporters that Sacred Heart welcomes gay and transgender students but is run in accordance with Roman Catholic Church teachings.

Cannon is scheduled to meet with Jessica and her older brother on Friday afternoon to discuss what she will wear at graduation.

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