There's no shortage of clothing controversies these days, especially in schools.
For schools and other establishments, a uniform "is a badge of pride, creates an identity for a school and is an important part of being a school student," according to the Guardian.
Sometimes, though, the purpose of uniforms and dress codes can backfire, instead singling out its members. Take the 13-year-old daughter of Catherine Pearlman, who was sent home two days in a row with a warning from the principal.
UPDATE: After this incident I posted a letter to the principal asking her to take my daughter shopping because I was sick of the dress code and because it was impossible to find clothes. Anyway as you may have seen the letter went viral. Since then our district (50k students) changed the code and it's no longer acceptable to say girls are a distraction. The code is also more flexible in what can be worn. ORIGINAL POST: My girl was dress coded two days in a row. It's impossible to find shorts that are remotely fashionable and below her finger tips. She's tall with long arms and fingers. One more code and she will have detention. And making the policy even more frustrating is that there isn't a dress code for high school.
A post shared by Catherine Pearlman (@catherinepearlman) on Mar 28, 2017 at 9:10pm PDT
Pearlman's daughter may only be in middle school, but she stands at 5'7". Her "exceptionally long arms and legs" make shopping quite difficult. "It's impossible to find shorts that are remotely fashionable and below her finger tips. She's tall with long arms and fingers..." wrote Pearlman in her Instagram post.
Pearlman took to the Today Community to respond to her daughter's principal, who threatened the teen with detention if she dressed "inappropriately for school" again. She writes:
"Thank you for sending a note home for the second day in a row to say my daughter was dressed inappropriately for school. I'd like to offer an additional thank you for forcing her to change into large mesh shorts that have been worn by only god knows who and potentially never washed.
To reward you for treating my daughter with such concern, I am cordially inviting you to take my daughter shopping.
Here are the specifications you have to work with. I wish you loads of luck."
Pearlman then continues to include a list of style specifications for her teenage daughter: Dresses are out, but superheroes are in and so on.
But, Mr. Principal,"Don't forget that you will have to find something in the stores that also meets with your dress code requirements. Here are the tricky areas that are most difficult to avoid. As per your policy she cannot wear tank tops. Shorts and skirts must not extend to the end of the fingertips (This is a toughie.)"
Pearlman's experience seems to hit home with a lot of other parents.
"Just had a conversation with my Middle School Son. He said boys don't get dress coded...only the girls. The boys wear clothes with pot leaves on them and apparently that's appropriate but a girls stomach is cause for PE clothes to be worn in lieu of what her parents felt was appropriate to wear to school," said one parent.
Others, however, are criticizing Pearlman's reaction.
Criticized one, "I get so tired of seeing these angry parents who send their kids to school in something they know isn't according to the dress code. The world has rules...your kid needs to learn to obey them..."
You can read Pearlman's full post here.