updated 5/17/2009 4:52:49 PM ET 2009-05-17T20:52:49

The principal of a Utah middle school has been asked to apologize for forcing a kilt-wearing student to change his clothes.

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Weber School District spokesman Nate Taggart says Craig Jessop has been asked to extend an apology to 14-year-old student Gavin McFarland of Hooper after the school official's comments Wednesday.

Gavin says he wore the kilt twice in the past two weeks to Rocky Mountain Junior High as a prop for an art project. Jessop told the boy that the outfit could be misconstrued as cross-dressing.

Taggart says the district recognizes the kilt as an expression of the boy's Scottish heritage and that the kilt was not inappropriate.

Kilts are traditional Scottish apparel generally worn by men for formal or special occasions.

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