A girl who wore a pair of ripped jeans to school was reportedly told to put duct tape on her bare legs to cover her skin.
According to the girl’s mother, who spoke with Fox 5, she first heard about the incident from her daughter, who sent her a text, several weeks ago now, telling her about the dress code incident and complaining about the tape on her skin.
Williams said she understood the violation but was not happy about the way it was handled.
The dress code states that shorts must hit a student’s leg mid-thigh, which is clearly defined as, ‘shoulders relaxed and arms straight down alongside the body where fingertips touch the thigh’.
And although nothing is explicitly said about ripped pants, a statement provided to the news affiliate by the school notes that there are standards for jeans, as well.
“The expectation at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School is that students do not come to school in pants with holes above the knee,” the statement from interim principal Marvin Jones reads.
“If a student does not meet that expectation, we first ask students if they have a way to cover the holes, and if they do, they go back to class. If they do not, we call the parent and provide the student duct tape to self-apply to the holes above the knee.”
The girl’s mum claims the explained protocol is not what was followed the day her daughter was disciplined.
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“The idea that they came up with — to believe it was a good idea to put, actually, duct tape on a child when they can clearly see bare skin? I believe they should have called me first, and given her a chance to be able to change her clothes,” she told Fox.
Instead, the young girl claims she was immediately instructed to get tape to put on her legs.
She says that soon after, the tape started itching and burning her skin.
Principal Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Lifestyle but he acknowledged the violation of protocol and expressed his apologies, according to the Fox report.
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