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Kentucky Student Speaks Out Against High School's Dress Code (Photo)

| by Brendan Kelly
Amanda Durbin in dress that got her kicked out of classAmanda Durbin in dress that got her kicked out of class

A high school senior in Kentucky is upset after an outfit that she would consider perfectly normal got her in trouble with her school.

“I feel like I was somebody that had done something wrong even though I know I hadn’t,” Amanda Durbin told WBKO.

Amanda is a senior at Edmonson County High School and, according to her, she was one of “at least 30 or 40” girls who were either sent home from school or forced to change their clothes on Jan. 15 due to alleged dress code violations.

According to Edmonson County Principal Tommy Hodges, the school recently made a decision to begin strictly enforcing the dress code that has already been in place for three years.

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“As of a teacher’s meeting Wednesday [Jan. 13] afternoon, we’ve told the teachers we need to be more consistent and we need to look at the dress code to make sure we’re enforcing it," Hodges told WBKO.

Durbin said that her dress, which she wore over a pair of black leggings, was tested for length by her getting on her knees and having a teacher measure the distance from the floor to the end of her dress.

“There were at least 30 to 40 or more girls that were either sent home or told they needed to change because they were out of dress code,” Durbin said. “Some of them were wearing the same thing I was wearing.”

The dress code says that “Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than six inches from the floor while kneeling," according to the high school's handbook.

“I’ve had people saying that’s something they would wear to church,” Amanda’s mother, Alexandria Durbin, told WBKO. “If it’s appropriate for you to go to church in, why isn’t it appropriate for you to go to school in?”

Principal Hodges had a direct response to Amanda’s mother’s question.

“We’re not a church, we’re not a business, we’re a school,” he said. “It’s where kids are learning and we’re trying to educate them everyday. Whether the dress code is a little more strict or a little more relaxed, we’re a different entity than everything that has been mentioned.”

Hodges added that every student has a copy of the school’s dress code in the student handbook given to them and signed by parents at the beginning of every school year.

The dress code is decided by the site base council, according to the school district. They said that they would be willing to discuss altering the dress code if the community decided that changes are needed.

Sources: WBKOECHS Student Handbook / Photo Credit: WBKO