While we’re somewhat used to seeing high school students attempting to combat their strict school dress codes, it’s less common for students’ mothers to slam their children’s high schools for such intense apparel regulations. Stacie Dunn, 43, from Versailles, Kentucky, is speaking out against the “ridiculous” dress code enforced at her daughter’s school after her daughter was sent home for a violation.
People are shocked at how Dunn’s daughter, Stephanie Hughes, violated the code. The high school senior attended school in ankle-length jeans, a long-sleeved shirt, and a sweater. Woodford County High School deemed the seemingly modest outfit inappropriate because it revealed the young woman’s clavicle.
In an angry Facebook post, Dunn suggested that her daughter is not allowed to show her collarbone at school so as not to distract the male students. She wrote:
“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. 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!”
Dunn also explained that when she was called to the school to discuss her daughter’s “misbehavior” with her teachers, the mother saw a group of female students gathered in the office due to similar dress code violations.
Dunn bought her daughter a scarf to cover up, but even that wasn’t enough. In another Facebook post, Dunn revealed that her daughter was later sent home from school for “giving the principal an attitude” after he told her that the scarf was still inappropriate. Dunn wrote:
“What did he want her to [do] tie it like a noose around her neck?”
Scott Hawkins, Woodford County Schools superintendent, told Today that the school’s dress code policy has existed for more than 10 years. He said:
“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. It just needs to be measurable so that it can be consistently enforced.”
Dunn definitely feels like changes need to be made. She and her daughter agree that the dress code is simply outdated and needs to be re-evaluated.
According to WTVQ, the school’s controversial dress code will be discussed at the next school board meeting on September 21.