Dress Code-Violating Student Wore ‘Shame Suit’

Sep 7, 2014 by

The opening scene of “Footloose” — the 1984 version, not the craptastic 2011 version — was basically recreated at a Florida high school this week except instead of a ban on dancing and rock music it’s a ban on short skirts, and instead of senior Kevin Bacon it’s sophomore Miranda Larkin.

Also, the ending here is completely different.

The 2014 story played out at Oakleaf High School in the suburbs of Jacksonville, reports local ABC affiliate WJXX.

Larkin, 15, moved from Seattle, Wash. to Orange Park, Fla. late this summer. For her third day at her new high school, she chose to wear a black skirt that ended around three or four inches above her knee.

An Oakleaf High teacher spotted Larkin in the outfit and charged the teenager with violating the school’s dress code, which requires that dresses come down to the knee.

“She just points at me from across the hall and says, ‘your skirt is too short,’” Larkin told WJXX.

According to Larkin, her next stop was the school nurse’s office. She said the nurse ordered her to put on a frumpy, neon yellow shirt and a frumpy pair of bright red sweatpants. Both the shirt and the pants were festooned with the words “DRESS CODE VIOLATION” in impressively large font.

“She put on the outfit in the bathroom and looked at herself in the mirror and just broke down,” Larkin’s mother, Dianna Larkin, told the ABC affiliate. “She started sobbing and broke out in hives.”

The mad mother characterized the school-mandated duds as a “shame suit.” She also believes school employees violated her daughter’s rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

“I feel that by putting a kid in an outfit that says what they did wrong across their chest and down their leg is taking their private records and making them public and that’s a clear violation of their privacy rights,” Dianna Larkin told the station.

“I’m not a rescue mom,” she added, according to ABC News. “I really do believe in punishing my kids if they do something wrong, but this is not about punishing kids. This is about humiliation.”

School district officials tell a different version of events.

via Dress Code-Violating Student Wore ‘Shame Suit’ | The Daily Caller.

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