Should a child in a public school be suspended for wearing the wrong color of blue or green?
At a public school in New Jersey, a child was suspended over a dispute about the color of her shirt:
8-year-old Kylie and her twin sister Karlie don’t look like troublemakers, but Kylie was suspended from school. The reason, according to her mother: a violation of the dress code Monday. Their mother, Crystal, says she got a call from the vice principal at Winslow Township School 4.
“He wanted me to know that she can’t wear that shirt and if she does wear that shirt again, she would be suspended,” she told FOX 29.
The district’s policy states that shirts or blouses be white, dark green or navy blue with collars only. Kelly green is a violation. Crystal admits her conversation with the assistant principal and then the principal did get a bit heated.
“My child messed up, I messed it up for my child, and she be suspended next time for it, but to suspend a child over the shade of a shirt. I found it a little ridiculous,” she explained.
The girls missed the bus Tuesday morning, and when they arrived at school a few minutes late– properly dressed– they were met by the principal.
“She told me don’t bother to sign her in and told Kylie that she’s not in school today,” the mother explained.
“I got suspended for wearing the different color they wanted me to wear,” said Kylie. “The principal told me that I don’t have to stay here and I could leave.”
(The school, by the way, disputes parts of the story as ‘incorrect,’ but offered no explanation to a reporter.)