By: Krystle Crossman
A 15 year old girl was headed to a new school in Florida. On her third day at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park she found out how harsh the punishment was for breaking the dress code that she was not even aware of. Her teacher told her that her skirt was too short when she was walking in the hallway. She was then sent to the nurse’s office. She wasn’t sure why she had to go to the nurse because of her skirt. The reason was so humiliating that she ended up having tears stream down her face.
The school nurse told her that since she had broken the dress code violation she was going to have to wear a dress-code-violation suit. She was forced to put on red sweatpants that had the message “DRESS CODE VIOLATION” down the side. She also had to wear a neon yellow shirt with the same message across the front in huge black letters. It was designed to shame a student after breaking a dress code violation.
Miranda Larkin was so embarrassed and stressed that she ended up breaking out into hives. She took a photo of herself and sent it to her mother. She then called her mother who was extremely upset over this form of punishment for breaking the dress code violation that they weren’t even aware of. At the school skirts worn must be knee-length and no shorter. This was different than her old school in Seattle.
Miranda’s mother said that her daughter has a perfect disciplinary record and is a very good kid. She stated that she would be the first one to punish her kids if they did something wrong but she feels that this type of punishment is not really about punishing them for wrongdoing but shaming and humiliating the students. A spokesman from the school district stated that when kids violated the dress code they were given three options. They could have someone bring them new clothes, they could leave the clothes on and go to in-school suspension, or they could wear the outfit. Miranda said that she was only given one choice.
Miranda’s mother tried resolving things with the school privately but when they refused to back down or listen, she threatened to file a complaint with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act because they had released her daughter’s disciplinary records without her permission. In a letter that she wrote to the media she stated that she was not arguing the dress code. She was arguing with the fact that the school in okay with bullying and humiliating the students.