Student banned from graduation for violating dress code
A North Carolina student at Hickory Ridge High School was recently suspended for wearing a shirt that revealed her collarbones.
The teenager, an honor roll student named Summer, told NBC Charlotte that she was sitting in the cafeteria last week when the principal of the school told her to put on a jacket because her shirt was violating the school's dress code. The shirt partially showed her shoulders and exposed her back.
Though Summer told her principal that her shirt was "fine" to wear at school, she complied with the request and put on a jacket. The principal was not satisfied with that step and asked Summer to completely change her outfit.
"I completely understand why a dress code is put into place but I feel like after I put on that jacket it should have been subdued," Summer told NBC Charlotte.
Instead of changing her clothes, Summer asked the principal to call her mom.
According to NBC Charlotte, Summer had "a number of issues" with her principal through her high school experience, and Summer's mother has asked the school to call her before taking any more disciplinary action against the teenager.
The principal could not get a hold of Summer's mother, so Summer went about her day.
During a school assembly later that day, the principal entered with a security guard and asked everyone to leave except for summer.
"[The security guard] was within five feet of me, he had his hand on his gun," Summer said. "[The principal] said 'I'm gonna give you an ultimatum. We have tried to call your mother. You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you."
Summer's mother called moments before the security guard could handcuff the high school senior.
Summer was not arrested, but Yahoo reported she was given a 10-day suspension from school and was banned from all senior activities including her own high school graduation.
Right before the security guard could handcuff the high school senior, Summer's mother called.
Summer told NBC Charlotte that she believes the principal is still thinking about expelling her.
"It's just sad because I worked so hard for four years to walk across that stage," she said. "We have drug dealers walking across that stage, we have sex offenders walking across that stage and then the 4.4 (GPA) student who showed her shoulders can't."