Student outraged, 'embarrassed' after being asked to cover up at dance

Student Forced To Wear Jacket At Dance For Surprising Reason
Student Forced To Wear Jacket At Dance For Surprising Reason

A Utah high schooler recently shook things up at a school dance.

School officials told Gabi Finlayson,15, to cover up and put on a jacket when she showed up in this "scandalous" dress. They told her she was showing too much shoulder.

Gabi and her mother told KUTV they got the Audrey Hepburn-inspired dress while vacationing in Paris. Gabi was stunned by the request, as her outfit was in-line with the school's policy that requires dress straps be at least 2 inches wide.

"I was insulted ...I was embarrassed. I was definitely embarrassed ... maybe instead of teaching girls they should cover themselves up, we should be teaching boys that we're not just sex objects that you can look at," Gabi said.

"How have we gotten to the point that we look at shoulders as if they're somehow pornographic?"

A look at the dress code handbook is a little confusing. The Daily Herald cites another rule that states, "All tops, (shirts, blouses, dresses, P.E. attire), must have sleeves that cover the shoulders and underarms. Wide straps do not constitute sleeves."

According to Gabi's mother, that means cheerleaders and drill team members are in violation of the code. She's considering taking legal action.

A Staten Island school made headlines last year over similar issues with its dress code.

Shortly after Tottenville High School implemented a new clothing code, a reported 200 students were sent to detention for violating it.

The "Dress for Success" handbook says no tank tops, short-shorts, leggings, hats, hoodies and even nixes sweats.

Many parents believe it unfairly targeted female students -- partly because they made up 90 percent of those in detention.

What do you think about this story? Was Gabi unfairly targeted? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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