Middle school student told to change clothes to go back to class

MAUMEE, Ohio (WTVG/Gray News) — An Ohio middle schooler was ordered to change her clothes after being accused of violating the school’s dress code.

According to WTVGLogan Gray, 12, wore a short-sleeved collared dress over white tights with brown leather boots.

“My mom bought me a new dress and it was really pretty, so I decided to wear it to school the next day,” Logan said. “I was very excited and ready to show it off to all my friends.”

Her mother, Francheska Gill, said it was an outfit her daughter would wear to church.

Logan Gray, 12, wearing an outfit she says violates the school dress code.(WTVG)

Logan said he was told to come to the office within 30 minutes of his first class of the day.

“They said they had to measure it with a ruler and it was above the dress code, even though it was only over half an inch,” Logan said.

Gill said the school informed her around 8.30am that her daughter had violated the dress code policy and was not allowed to return to class until she changed clothes.

“His dad had to drive to school and bring different changes of clothes,” Gill said. “I was extremely pissed off. I was just like, why? I called the school and wanted to know why they had a dress code? Why did they have to change?

According to the Maumee City School District dress policy, dresses, skirts, and shorts should not extend more than four inches above the kneecap.

Students are also not allowed to dress in any way that could distract or disrupt the education process.

The policy adds that “the determination of suitability is solely at the discretion of the building administration or its representative.”

“I don’t think that’s fair. I don’t think that’s fair,” Gill said. “I think that’s a terrible dress rule or regulation.”

Gill posted a photo of her daughter in the outfit she wore to school on Facebook. Many people had commented in support of his statement.

Logan said she felt unfairly targeted because of her body type.

“It kind of made me feel really bad because there were a lot of other people wearing clothes above the dress code,” she said.

“She even made the comment that she was going to work very hard this summer to lose a lot of weight, so next year when she goes to school she won’t have these problems,” added her mother.

In response, the Maumee City School District shared the following statement:

The Maumee City Schools Board of Education has approved a dress code policy that applies to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students are not expelled from school for violating the dress code, but rather have options: (1) change into something that is laundered and provided to them by the school and continue with the school day or (2) the office contacts a parent or family member who brings something to school for the student to change into and continue the school day.

The dress code policy is included in all student handbooks and discussed with students by staff members throughout the school year. Additionally, the dress code policy is reviewed every few years by a group of students, parents, and staff.

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Martha K. Merrill