September 29, 2021
A 12-year-old girl was told to go home because her outfit violated the school's dress code. Her angry mother then shared a video of her heated argument with the school principal.
Educational institutions are extremely particular about their rules and policies, and swaying from them can create problems for the students and their parents. The mother of this 12-year-old girl experienced the same when her daughter was sent home for clothing.
The TikToker @khalesei_holt shared the video online, which has garnered more than 9.4 million views so far. The video includes a conversation between the principal of Ford Middle School in Tacoma and the mother of three girls.
According to the caption of the video, the TikToker's young daughter was told to leave school because of her dress. The caption read: “And the principle bringing up attorneys!!!!!!!! What a JOKE!!!!!!!!!!! (sic)" The viral video started with the mother saying:
"So I am done with it."
She then started recording her conversation with the principal, who told her she was not allowed to record anything and even mentioned attorneys. The mother replied that she was recording everything for her protection.
The TikToker's daughter can be seen briefly in the video, wearing what looked like a T-shirt and yoga pants. However, it cannot be said with certainty whether the outfit she had donned in the video led to her dress code violation. The mother further responded with:
“But she’s still going to go to class.”
In response to her query, the principal replied with "not right now." Finally, the mother retorted, "so you're taking her education away over her dress code?" Soon afterward, the principal stormed out of the room without speaking a word.
The TikToker's immediate reaction was that her daughter would attend her lessons despite the principal's verdict. Many people shared their thoughts on the viral video. One user shared a sarcastic comment: “Great parenting. Teaching her that rules don’t apply.”
Another one commented: “If a teacher is distracted by a student’s body or clothing, they aren’t cut out to be a teacher, period.” There was yet another user who asked a valid question: “Is the dress code not sent out to parents at the beginning of the school year?”
The video was followed by another video, where an official told the mom to take her daughter home for the day, even if she changed her outfit.
ANOTHER DRESS CODE VIOLATION
In another incident, a teenage boy was sent home because he donned a pair of shorts to school on one of the hottest summer days. Shane Richardson then returned wearing his sister's skirt, following the school's dress code which allowed trousers and a skirt.
Shane explained that the classrooms at Moffat Academy in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, had no air-conditioning turned on in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic regulations. His mother, Hayley, deemed the school's dress code policy as absurd.
The school then issued a statement, which said that feedback from students, parents, and guardians had led them to review the current policies.
FATHER REACTS TO SCHOOL'S POLICY
There was another dress code violation scenario that unfolded in British Columbia with a teen girl, Karis Wilson. Karis's dad was infuriated after his daughter was told that her clothing reminded her female teacher of a "lingerie outfit" and it could make a male teacher or student feel utterly awkward.
The girl wore a knee-length black dress with lace trim over a white turtleneck with long sleeves. Mr. Wilson described the school's policy as being ridiculous and said that his daughter's dress was "very modest" and the staff was exaggerating things.
He also shared that he was highly disappointed in the system and couldn't believe that this could happen in 2021. He urged people to support him and Karis so incidents of this nature could be prevented in the future.
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