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Leggings-Clad Rockville Student Sent Home for Breaching Dress Code

Teen from Rockville High School tells NBC4 she was sent home Wednesday because her outfit was “inappropriate”

While leggings may seem like a ubiquitous fashion staple for suburban hipsters around Washington, they weren’t well received at a Rockville school on Wednesday.

NBC4 reports that a Rockville High School student was sent home for violating the school’s dress code. The student told the TV station she was wearing black leggings and a shirt that was “shorter than finger-tip length.”

The teen’s mom defended her daughter, NBC4 reports:

“Girls should not be dressing provocatively in school because it, quote, distracts the boys, but that is not the case; this is not distracting,” her mother said. “This [outfit] is not inappropriate.”

You can watch and read NBC4’s account at NBCWashington.com.

The school’s dress code officially calls out leggings as prohibited garb:

“Students should dress appropriately for a school setting and business environment.  The staff wishes to promote a climate in which all students feel comfortable and, therefore, will not permit the wearing of … Leggings or stockings worn as pants … .”

Speak Out: What do you think of this policy? Should wearing leggings be school dress code offense?

jan smith April 06, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Leggings? Its not like she goes to Catholic school and has to wear ankle socks and a plaid mini-skirt!
Richard Rice April 06, 2013 at 08:06 PM
From reading the article I have to say that the action of the school for this minor infraction was totally unjustified!!!
Bonnie Mills-Laubach April 06, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Munk is so into this dress code issue to the extent of harassment, the drug issue in the school should be the #1 issue!!!!
Joe Galvagna April 07, 2013 at 03:09 AM
This is out of control. The people making these ridiculess decisions are suposed to be educators and intelegent people. What does this tell us if these people are inteligent we are in trouble. These people are college graduates but have no common sence. Actually they are stupid no comon sence.
Charles Roberts April 07, 2013 at 04:59 AM
ever go to a black tie event?----men all dressed like penguins, SAME COLORS, SAME DESIGN-women in outrageous arrangements with body parts hanging out and flamboyant colors flashing like neon lights. How about an office-some have one day a week where you can wear something comfortable, maybe you can wear a pair of shoes that fit and no tie. But men –Jacket-tie (the only item with color)- shoes with slippery leather soles guaranteed to send you slip falling on any shiny surface. Men dressed like zombie manikin look-alikes But women can wear anything. So what’s the fuss over some leggings. Baby-it’s cold outside.
Tanya Thomas April 08, 2013 at 12:23 PM
How about because it's the dress code, aka rules? The rules are shared with students and, like it or not, it's one of the requirements that must be followed in order to attend school. By forcing kids to not only be aware of, but to follow the rules, and not molly-coddle them when they get in trouble for ignoring them, you're teaching good citizenship...and that's a quality that appears to be disappearing from our country with increasing speed. Wear your leggings on the weekends and follow the dress code during the week....not all that torturous, surely.
Mary Mary April 10, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Exactly, Tanya! Each student knows the dress code. I find it disgusting that the mother then chose to have her daughter out of school for several days in protest. I guess...like mother, like daughter. Those days should be unexcused. In the long run who won? The rules! Who lost? The daughter and attention seeking mother, the teachers who will have to give her the make up work and the school for the bad press it is receiving.

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