A California sixth grade student was told by her school that she wasn’t allowed to wear a September 11, 2001 tribute shirt yesterday. The girl’s family wears the shirt every year to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, but were told by school administrators that the shirt is a dress code violation.
The school that Tim Fosters’ daughter attends is a public school, but kids wear uniforms to class. Students are required to wear t-shirts with the school name and logo printed on them.
Foster was aware that the memorial shirt was not a part of the school’s uniform, but hoped administrators would make an exception given the circumstances. That wasn’t the case.
He shared with CBS Sacramento the reason he hoped the shirt would be allowed.
“Even though maybe it [doesn’t meet] the dress code,” Foster wondered aloud, “maybe I’d be able to add something on to it for a special day like this.”
School district spokesperson Trent Allen says students are only allowed to wear non-uniform clothing on free dress days, and September 11 isn’t one of them. He added that administrators would find themselves on a slippery slope if they started making exceptions.
“Unfortunately that kind of shirt would not fit in that dress code policy,” he said. “It’s very much an important part of the academic process; [we] need to enforce dress code policy. If you start making exceptions it is hard to draw the line.”
Source: CBS Sacramento