Dress codes in all public schools would solve any problem schools have with their student’s appearance. The parents could spend less money on clothes and the issue of class would be removed from the equation altogether because no one would be wearing $200 outfits to school while others are wearing $20 outfits. No one would be killed for their gym shoes because all of them would be the same.
Now there’s one incident out of Sunland, California, where an honor student by the name of Deja, 11, was removed from class by a teacher’s assistant at Mount Gleason Middle School because of her tights, which her mother, Yolanda Tunstill, proved to KTLA’s reporter is a key element of her school wardrobe. Tunstill said that she can’t understand why her daughter was taken to the principal’s office because she wore brown tights to school. Her mother contends that she wears various colors of tights to school every day. Tunstill told KTLA:
“I felt discriminated against,” Deja’s mother, Yolanda Tunstill, told KTLA. “I can understand if they said okay, this type of material, this type of clothing…But for you to make a remark to state becasue the pants were brown and to make a remark about my daughter’s skin color… That was not right to me.”
The controversy could be in the child’s best interest if the pants caused her to look nude. Little girls have enough problems, she doesn’t need to become the object or the subject of someone’s affection or criticism because of how the tights make her look. But the school told KTLA that it is their policy that
“no sleepwear, loungewear or tights may be worn alone. School policy does not allow students to wear tights to school.”
Which sounds a bit suspicious when Deja wears tights nearly every day to school. But the term “tights” also needs to be defined. When I was going to school, tights were what girls wore under their dresses and they covered their feet all the way to their hips. The pics of Deja shows her wearing what I would define as “stretch pants.” Tunstill is planning legal action against the school. But the school said that the child was never removed from the school.
Check out the full report.