High School Punishes 15-Year-Old Girl With An Ugly 'Shame Suit' For Violating The Dress Code
Teachers apprehended her for wearing a "short skirt."
Apparently for a high school in Orange Park, Florida, breaking the dress code constitutes shaming students in the form of an ugly outfit.
On her third day at Oakleaf High School, a teacher stopped Miranda Larkin in the hallway for violating the dress code, ABC News reported. They told the 15-year-old sophomore that her skirt was too short and to go to the nurses' office.
"They told me I was going to have to change and put on the dress-code-violation outfit," Miranda told ABC.
That "shame suit" constituted red sweatpants and a florescent yellow t-shirt that read "DRESS CODE VIOLATION" in all caps.
"It was way too big. It didn"t fit," she said. "I got really upset and asked if I could call my mom. She was really upset, as well."
After receiving the call and photo of her daughter in the outfit, mom Dianna Larkin also became outraged. "She put on the outfit in the bathroom and looked at herself in the mirror and just broke down. She started sobbing and broke out in hives," Dianna Larkin told First Coast News.
She claims the school told her that they give students three options: wear the suit, take an in-school suspension and keep the clothes in question on or call someone to bring them new clothes. But Larkin said that wasn't the case. She explained that Miranda, a new student to the school, said the school only told her to wear the suit, an action Larkin found inappropriate and a violation of her daughter's privacy rights.
Larkin said she tried to handle the matter privately but kept "hitting a brick wall," so she reached out to the media, prompting the School Board attorney to issue their own response:
I have given this consideration, looked at FERPA and have even asked other opinions in other districts. None of us see this a FERPA violation as it is not a personally identifiable student record. Additionally it is not displaying a discipline record to the public. If we put the kid on work detail all students would know that hi/she is being disciplined. If we put in ISS same result. Saturday school same result. Community service, same result. If we took off the words the other students would still know that the prison orange t shirts were for dress code violations. I think that the practice is okay. In Alachua county they have t shirts that say "dress code winner". What is the difference. As to bullying? I think some parents would say that any consequence is bullying. I see no issue with the practice.
But there is an issue. In an article for The Huffington Post, Yahoo correspondent Lisa Belkin addressed the issue of publicly shaming kids by speaking with Alfie Kohn, author of Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason:
"It's that humiliation, like other forms of punishment, is counterproductive," he told her in an interview. "'Doing to' strategies -- as opposed to those that might be described as 'working with' -- can never achieve any result beyond temporary compliance, and it does so at a disturbing cost."
Is there a suit for administrators who enforce a horrible practice?
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