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Dress code dispute a lot to shoulder for Charlotte-area senior

Posted May 19

— A senior at Hickory Ridge High School outside Charlotte worries her college future is in jeopardy, and it's all stemming from a shirt she wore.

On Wednesday, the girl wore a green shirt that rests just off the tops of her shoulders and exposes her collarbone.

She says, while she was eating lunch, the principal approached her to ask if she had a jacket.

A suspension notice that the girl shared with WCNC says the principal told Summer to cover up with a jacket. The girl responded with, "I think my shirt is fine.” The principal then told her that her lower back was also completely exposed, so she was still not in compliance with dress code.

She says the principal told her she would have to change her clothes.


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  • John Townsend May 20, 12:30 p.m.
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    Wow. Rules have to be followed! Try copping an attitude in the real world about work dress code rules and you'll be jobless.

  • Shannon Meredith May 20, 2:07 a.m.
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    Honestly, the dress code is so ridiculous in these schools and, in my experience, it is certainly enforced more with some and overlooked for others. Usually the skinny, busty, and leggy girls are scrutinized while the not so skinny girls "get away" with it.
    The shirt looks fine to me. It's not even technically "off the shoulder".

  • Pope Yam May 19, 10:30 p.m.
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    Seems as though they were discrimiminating​ against her because she is a busty girl. Not her fault.

  • Donald Holder May 19, 9:21 p.m.
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    I'm betting there's a lot more to this story than she's telling. She probably got an attitude with the principal. She admitted that her too was stretching the dress code. It seems like she was asking for trouble.

  • Alison Bryan May 19, 7:51 p.m.
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    I hope this teen realizes her ridiculous attempt to prove a point or stick one to the principal was not worth compromising her future plans. Just follow the rules you're given and welcome to the real world your about to enter!

  • Robert Swiger Sr. May 19, 6:26 p.m.
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    She should have followed the dress code. And why is the media sticking their nose into this

  • D. Aaron Hill May 19, 6:10 p.m.
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    Thanks for the mansplain

  • Robin Duff May 19, 4:50 p.m.
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    The world is full of rules and sometimes you just have to follow them even if you don't agree with them. This was one of those times, kiddo.

  • Raymond Mclemore May 19, 2:05 p.m.
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    She explained she had to wait for her mother. This is just a power play by the principal. SAD

  • Thomas Williams May 19, 12:59 p.m.
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    would bet there are other issues here that aren't in the story. Perhaps the principle has other issues with the student. The principle is a lady principle and the student is female, I'd bet there is something there hidden from us. Females in authority over other people all to often make decisions like this due to personal feelings and try to hide them behind some flimsy excuse. I've seen it all too often.