One Kentucky high school student was sent home after failing to adhere to her school’s strict dress code policy.
Stacie Dunn, 43, from Versailles, Kentucky, took to Facebook last Thursday to share photos of her daughter Stephanie Hughes, a senior, wearing the ankle-length jeans and long-sleeved top that were deemed ‘inappropriate’ by Woodford County High School, because the shirt revealed her clavicle.
‘Woodford County High School and the principal have been enforcing a dress code whereas girls cannot show even their collarbones because it may distract their male classmates,’ she wrote. ‘This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones! Something needs to change!’
School officials allegedly sent Stephanie home because her collarbone was showing, which went against dress code.
“Female students are not allowed to show their collar bone because it’s distracting the male students,” the caption alongside the photo explained.
Many users on Reddit, where photo was originally posted, were quick to lambaste the school’s decision, while others recounted similar situations of extreme dress code rules.
“They tried to ban girls from wearing anything that could reveal their bra strap for the same reason in my high school, so the girls just stopped wearing bras. Then they tried to make bras mandatory. Turns out a teacher asking a 16-year-old if she’s wearing a bra or not could have some unfortunate legal ramification,” one Reddit user wrote.
Scott Hawkins, Woodford County Schools superintendent, told Today that the dress code policy has been in place for more than 10 years.
‘Our school administration has been very open with students and parents alike, that if they feel like changes need to be made, they are open to suggestions,’ he said. ‘It just needs to be measurable so that it can be consistently enforced.’
However, Stacie noted in a comment on her Facebook page that the reason her daughter had worn an outfit that broke dress dose was because a ‘misinformed teacher told her that the dress code had changed’. It wasn’t until later that she learned it was only the middle school’s dress code that had changed.
Principal Akers responded, however, by saying that when he polled the faculty and noted that more than half of them support school uniforms, before noting that he would rather compromise.
According to WTVQ, the dress code will be discussed again at the next school board meeting on September 21.