Maumee, Ohio (WTVG) – A Maumee mother’s Facebook post is drawing attention after she says her daughter violated the dress code policy at school.
Logan Gray, 12, who is in grade 7 at Gateway Middle School in Maumee, remembers getting dressed for school on Monday morning.
“My mom bought me a new dress and it was really pretty, so I decided to wear it to school the next day,” Gray said. “I was very excited and ready to show it off to all my friends.”
Gray says she wore a collared dress with short sleeves, over white tights and with brown leather boots.
“She looked very pretty and it was kind of like a dress for church,” her mother, Francheska Gill, explained.
Thirty minutes into her first class, Gray says she was fired and asked to come to the office.
“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,” Gray said.
Gill says she was notified by the school shortly after 8:30 a.m. that her daughter had broken 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.
When asked if the preteen’s outfit seemed inappropriate for school, dad Craig Paff responded by saying, “No, not at all. I would let my daughter wear this.
“I don’t see anything wrong with that,” said Amena Flanagan, mother of three. “Looks like she’s finding her own style.”
Gray says she feels like she was 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 really hard this summer to lose a lot of weight, so next year when she goes to school she won’t have these problems,” her mother said.
Gill and Gray said they hoped it would bring changes to the dress code policy to make it more equal for all students, adding that they were open to the idea of uniforms.
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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