Skylar Davis, reacting to his suspension, told KCTV-5, "I don't think everyone should be treated differently. Everyone should have the same privileges."
He said he has been carrying the colorful fabric Vera Bradley bag over his shoulder for some time with no issues.
"It expresses myself and I think everyone else can wear it, so I wear it as well," Skylar told KCTV5's Dave Jordan.
He was summoned to Assistant Principal Don Hillard's office after he wouldn't take it off.
"I went to the office and I refused to take it off, and they suspended me," the teen explained.
Davis' mother, Leslie Willis, was called to pick up her son. She told KCTV-5 that she was "a little furious" over the situation and is wondering about its timing, saying that her son has been carrying the purse to school since August.
Willis said she examined her son's student handbook and did not see anything regarding purses or bags. She told KCTV-5 that she was told that her son's suspension was for only one day. However KCTV-5 reported the suspension will likely continue until Skylar stops wearing the purse. Skylar apparently has said he has no intention of doing that.
The school district had no comment when contacted by Yahoo News.
Often, students find themselves in trouble not for their attire but for weapons, either real or imagined. A second-grader from Colorado was suspended after playing with an imaginary grenade on school grounds in February. And in Pennsylvania, a fifth-grade girl was suspended after bringing a piece of paper in the shape of a gun to school in January.
Teachers sometimes get in trouble over school rules as well. In 2009, Georgia teacher Ashley Payne resigned from her position after someone complained (via anonymous email) about one of the teacher's posts on Facebook, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The post in question reportedly featured Payne drinking an alcoholic beverage. A caption said she was on her way to play "Crazy Bitch Bingo." Payne says she was pressured to resign.