MENIFEE, Calif. - It's a common practice at a lot of schools across the country.
Students at Ethan Chase Middle School were encouraged to wear Disney costumes to class for spirit day.
However, one 13-year-old boy says he was forced to change out of his costume.
Austin Lacey chose to dress as Elsa from the movie "Frozen," but says a principal told him to change because he was "attracting too much attention."
"His principal had instructed the campus supervisor to go take his dress and wig away from him. He was later informed that the principal does not believe that boys should be dressed like girls," Brooke Fancev, Lacey's mother, told KTLA. "I can't believe that there's still people out there that hold those beliefs, especially on a day when it was all intended in good fun and it really shouldn't have been an issue."
However, the district says action was taken after other students asked Lacey to pose for pictures.
A statement from Romoland School District Superintendent Dr. Julie Vitale read in part:
"This action was taken in accordance with district policies. At no time was there any indication that the student was expressing any particular message. The Principal's action was based upon the need to stop a general disruption to the school environment."