Jeff Rouner was worried his 5-year-old daughter would get cold when she wore a rainbow sun dress to school on Monday, so he wasn’t surprised when he saw her walking out of class wearing jeans and a t-shirt in addition to her dress.
However, it turns out Rouner’s daughter didn’t change on her own.
Apparently school officials deemed her dress immoral.
“It's not even the shirt they made her put on over her top, it's the pants they made her wear underneath. It's a full-length dress that she has to hold up to keep from getting wet in uncut grass. She even had a small set of shorts underneath because it was gym day,” Rouner wrote in the Houston Press. “But because the top part of her dress apparently exposed the immoral sinfulness of her bare shoulders she also had to pull on jeans even though her legs remained completely covered as part of her punishment.”
Rouner told The Huffington Post, "I don't want her to just blindly accept things like this without understanding why because there's still a lot of fight left for her in this world.”
Though Rouner declined to identify the school his daughter attends, the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District doesn’t have any male-specific guidelines. Rouner plans to bring up his daughter’s supposed dress code violations at a parent conference.
“The next time the kid wants to wear her dress I'm going to let her, and I'm going to tell her that there's nothing wrong with it or her because she is dressed in a perfectly normal manner and cute as a button to boot,” he wrote. “I'm going to tell her that some people think a girl who shows too much skin is wrong or dangerous, but that those people are, for want of a better term, lackwitted thugs living in a bad place.”