An Alabama mother is challenging a high school after her daughter’s leggings – covered by a baggy men’s sweatshirt – kept her out of class. Deanna Wolf took to Facebook after her daughter, Josephina Thompson, was forced to sit in a discipline room with a friend – until the other girl’s mother could bring new clothes.
Wolf says her daughter’s outfit met the dress code requirements at Grissom High School, AL.com reports. “Students may wear yoga pants, tights, leggings, or jeggings as long as they are used as an undergarment covered by shorts, skirts, or dresses that are at least no higher than three inches above the bend of the back of the knee,” the dress code reads.
AL.com reports Josephina and the friend entered the school only to be stopped by a security officer. They then waited for the friend’s mom to bring other clothes. Wolf isn’t happy her daughter’s leggings and baggy sweatshirt were marked as inappropriate.
“Huntsville City Schools, I would like to ask a question. What are you teaching our children about their bodies and their minds?” Wolf asks on Facebook. “I would like someone to please explain to me how this is justified. Why single a student out, put her in a locked room and inhibit her learning because of one faculty member’s INTERPRETATION of her clothing?”
“It boils down to the claim that girls’ ‘revealing’ clothing is a distraction to male students,” Wolf continues. “That the mere idea of a girl even HAVING a derriere (or, heaven forbid, shoulders) is so scandalous that we must stop everything and hide her away. I am sick to death of the public shaming of the female form. You are telling girls that their bodies are to be hidden, and that boys cannot control their minds if they see the basic female figure. It’s disgusting and it belittles both sexes. Not to mention that this whole situation clearly states that a girl’s education has less importance than a boy’s education, and that her right to said education is secondary to providing a distraction free learning environment for the opposite sex.”