A 5th grader from Riverview Elementary School in Fort Mill, SC was forced to wear a jacket all day at school, including in the heat when she went out for recess, because her teacher deemed her top "inappropriate."
Alicia Rogers is speaking out on behalf of her daughter, Jordan, claiming that her top was not in violation of the school's dress code when she wore a criss-cross back top to school on September 1, and that the teacher mishandled the situation according to the school's own policy.
According to KFVS12, the school's dress code says that kids (or, let's be real—girls) are not to wear "tank tops, tops with spaghetti string straps over the shoulders, and other tops that expose a student's stomach or midriff," and Rogers is confident that her daughter's top did not fall into those categories.
Plus, possible heat stroke is a bit more important than bare shoulders, right? Come on, Riverview Elementary School.
Furthermore, according to the school's website, teachers who have issues with student's apparel are supposed to send them to the principal. Rogers is claiming that this teacher failed to comply with policy when they took the matter into their own hands.
Rogers is now demanding an apology from the school and is planning on speaking in front of the Fort Mill School Board about the incident. She also says that she is speaking up to set an example for her daughter.
"I wanted to take this situation where she felt completely powerless, and I wanted to give her a chance to kind of turn that into empowerment to stand up."