On Monday, Amanda Durbin, a senior at Edmonson County High in Kentucky, was asked by the Principal Tommy Hodges to get on her knees so he could measure her dress length. It was done in the interest of enforcing a strict dress code, which stipulates that dresses can end no more than six inches above the knee.
Here's the scarlet sweater dress with leggings that the school feels could cause utter mayhem:
She originally passed the dress code, but when Hodges had her raise her arms to see if the dress would ride up, it was measured at 8 inches above the knee. They're really looking for technicalities over at Edmonson High. If that hadn't busted her, they probably would've tickled her nose with a feather to see if a sneeze raised her skirt. Not surprisingly, Durbin was uncomfortable with this procedure:
I didn’t really appreciate having to get down on my knees, especially while I was in a dress.
Durbin requested that her parents be present for this bizarre measurement ritual. The administration agreed and waited until her parents arrived. According to Principal Hodges, the code has existed for some time, but is now being more consistently enforced:
As of a teachers' meeting Wednesday 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.
The principal also noted that several boys have been sent home for dress code violations, often because of ripped jeans. If skirts with leggings and ripped jeans violate the dress code, they should just ban everything from the 80s. This means no popped collars or feathered hair either.
Ultimately, Durbin was sent home, though her parents arrived after the school day had already ended. It's a good thing American high schools are focusing on dress codes instead of catching up with the rest of the world on math skills.