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11-year-old humiliated by school administrators for wearing leggings to class

August 31, 2016

An 11-year-old girl in Lansing, Kansas, was told her tunic was too short and forced to swap her leggings for school sweatpants while attending class. According to a local news report, a school nurse measured Bella Jones’s tunic and told her that she was in violation of the school’s dress code. Bella was given sweatpants to change into and forbidden from contacting her mother — not even to arrange a change of clothes. In a Facebook post that went viral but has since been removed, Bella’s mother, Kimberly, said that her daughter, distraught after being humiliated by school staff and mocked by her classmates, contacted her via a text message anyway.

“In what world is it acceptable to call out and embarrass a child over THIS outfit? Her butt is even covered!” Kimberly wrote in the post. “As I sat there waiting for the principal I saw a teacher walk by with pants so tight I could see her underwear … but this is unacceptable? Are we living in the 1900s? And am I being punked because I just cannot believe this crap is real.”

A school district official said that Bella was not allowed to contact her mother because of a rule intended to allow students facing disciplinary action to stay in class instead of waiting in the office for their parents to arrive. The school has since updated its dress code policy to specifically prohibit leggings from being worn.

Speaking on NBC’s Today show, Kimberly said that it would be hard to forgive the school for the incident. “She was sobbing,” Kimberly recalled. “We’re a military family and we just moved here. One of the big heartbreakers for me was that literally all day and the day before she was so excited about school. And then to hear your daughter say, ‘Can I please move?’ It was hard.” Watch more on the ordeal in the local news report below.

Read the full story at Mashable.


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