Honor Student Violated Dress Code By Wearing Sexy, Racy … Brown Leggings
Having a dress code in place is fine, if the school is actually busting kids for actually violating a dress code. Here’s your daily dose of stupid. And racist. But mostly stupid. 11-year-old honor student (since third grade!) Deja Tunstill was sent home from school Friday for wearing brown leggings that a teacher’s aid claimed violated the school dress code. The sort of leggings that girls wear every day to school because they are comfortable, reasonable, easy to mix and match, and sold at every single store that sells clothing to school kids all over everywhere ever.
From KTLA News:
Deja, 11, was sent to the principal’s office at Mount Gleason Middle School by a teacher’s assistant on Friday.
The assistant allegedly said the tights were too racy because their color made it appear Deja was not wearing pants.
“I felt discriminated against,” Deja’s mother, Yolanda Tunstill, told KTLA. “Shocked… like, I mean are you serious? I can’t believe this.”
“I can understand if they said okay, this type of material, this type of clothing,” Tunstill said.
She continued: “But for you to make a remark to state becasue the pants were brown and to make a remark about my daughter’s skin color… That was not right to me.”
Deja looks like she is wearing pants. She looks like she is wearing pants and a t-shirt and a hoodie. There is nothing about her ensemble that is inappropriate or even looks like it could possibly violate any dress code. And yet she was embarrassed and had her learning interrupted because some teacher’s aide felt like she was being inappropriate because Deja has brown skin, and her leggings were brown. And not even remotely close to the same shade of brown. And even if the leggings were custom made to match Deja’s skin tone by some fancy designer she hired so she could start some new “Hey, I’m wearing pants but not really wearing pants trend!” all anyone had to do was look closey to see the material bunched up around her knees.
We’re so lucky the teacher’s assistants from Mount Gleason Middle School are protecting children from the threat of honor students wearing clothing in the same shade family as their skin because this is obviously the worst problem this school has ever encountered. If a white girl wore white leggings would she be sent home because it looked like she wasn’t wearing pants and thus violating the dress code? I think not.
I don’t blame Deja’s mom for being pissed off. I would be too. To raise a daughter who gets excellent grades and then have her yanked out of class for this dress code non-issue is absurd. I could see sending a kid home to change clothes if they were breaking the dress code by wearing skimpy clothing or a T-shirt with profanity on it or a super tiny skirt but leggings? Leggings are a staple of almost every woman’s wardrobe. I usually make my own daughter wear leggings under a dress or skirt because by not doing so it violates my own personal “it may be chilly out” dress code. I want to hug Deja. Being an 11 -year-old is hard enough without having an adult make you feel creepy about your appearance when you are obviously a great kid and an excellent student and what you wear in no way breaks any dress code.
(Photo: KTLA News)