Basically, this girl, Miranda Larkin, a new resident of a town in FL, moved from Seattle. She wore this outfit to her new school, and was stopped because of her skirt by a teacher. The rule of the school is that it has to be at least to the knee. The skirt clearly isn't. She claimed she didn't know about the rule (but we never know, since she only claims it). Her mother was outraged by the fact that they then "bullied" her in to wearing the "school dress code violation outfit". Which consists of swetpants (which in my opinion, is even more of a dress code violation). Sweats SHOULD NOT be worn in public
I agree with the mother. There is nothing wrong with having a school dress code, dress codes should be enfaced and violators should be punished. However, I disagree with forcing a child to wear a "shame suit" around school because of that. They should have just called someone to bring the girl a different outfit to wear and then sent her back to class.
Most teachers will say that dress codes are in place to limit distractions in class. Therefore, giving a student a "shame outfit" to wear that consists of red sweatpants and an oversized yellow T-shirt with "Dress Code Violator" bolded on the front, is only furthering the distraction issue. Especially if this was only the first time she violated the dress code, at least give her a warning, there's no reason to embarrass and shame her.
Dress code is dress code. She wasn't following the dress code, so I think it's fair that they somehow wanted to "punish" her for it. However, dressing her in bright and ugly clothes was NOT the way to go about it in my opinion. As many people have already said, the point of most dress codes is to create less distractions for other students. But that "shame suit" is a big distraction in itself, which kind of makes the whole thing completely pointless, since it defeats the point of the whole dress code in the first place. Plus, I don't agree with the shaming tactic. I think it's wrong. It's just another form of bullying. Why didn't they just give her detention, and then hand her some more neutral clothes to wear, like a plain white t-shirt and some black pants? That would have been a much more subtle way to go about it. Now they just created a big scene out of the entire thing, and managed to get some bad publicity at the same time.
What the... that's not even a short skirt. If you call that short then miniskirts will be called what extra short skirt. That skirt is absolutely fine. Girls in my school wear skirts of that length and nothing happens to us. And 'Shame suit' which the girl had to wear is extremely nonsensical.
Something is suspicious about this story. I will explain:
First off, if the story took place exactly as described then it is absolutely horrible administration at that school and they should be removed immediately. I say this because I went to the school site which clearly states the three option policy.
Looking deeper into the story I noticed a few things which raised my suspicion. 1) She was caught after "first period." Some of you who are in HS or have more recently been in HS could nail this down better but I assume that ends at/or around 9-930 AM. My point is that if a school day goes from 8-4 she had the rest of the day to conform to school policy in terms of getting a new set of clothing.
2) Due to this (#1) I speculate (though logically) that this student either didn't want to be suspended and did not have a different choice of clothing on hand (likely her Mother was at work and thus she had no way of getting a new set either). From here she was simply "stuck" with choosing the option to wear the school outfit provided as was likely outlined to the parent upon transfer.
3) I went to the school website and it clearly states both the dress code & the violation choices so this is not some random and out of the blue (ie: last minute to embarrass) issue. Point being, I speculate the Mother was well aware of this issue before hand.
Let me say that I don't feel, in any manner, that her initial clothing set was bad in any manner. However, rules are rules and if a school district made exception for just one student, it opens the door to lawsuit and many other issues. Considering all these things, I believe the school was well within their right in this case IF they did give her the option to grab another set of clothing.
I think what we are seeing right now is a parent (Mother) who doesn't want to accept responsibility for not telling her kid the rule list she was given, doesn't want to be seen as a bad mother, and is shifting blame.
She broke the dress code, they punished her for it. It's really not some insane bullying junk that word is abused too much these days.
If they truly only gave her the sweats option then they screwed up but if she didn't pay attention to when they told her the other 2 or if they did tell her and she claims they didn't then that's on her. Although if it was up to me I'd have placed the options as 1. contact the mom and have another outfit sent that way or be picked up by the mom and change and come back and have a detention on top of it or 2. change into a plain gray shirt and blue sweats and pick up your original outfit at the end of the day. If she's stubborn and chooses neither then suspended for the day and have to make it up with 2 Saturday in school suspensions.
the point is that any school that enforces flesh-based school codes is presuming that boys will be turned and thereby distracted by it. This sexism at its best and frankly i've always wondered why someone hasn't come along and sued these schools out of existence.