Imagine this scenario. Your 9th grade daughter wears a dress that is a wee bit too tight and/or short and next thing you know you are being arrested. That is basically the cliff notes version of the chain events that happened to a Redmond, Washington, mom this week.
What went down? How did it go from dress to arrest?
Promise Hammond, a student at Redmond Junior High School, wore a dress that reportedly violated the school’s dress code. As she and her fellow students boarded a school bus to drive to the boat where the dance was taking place, the principal pulled Promise aside.
“She’s like, ‘You need to have a decent dress, and decency is decided by me and I don’t think that is decent,’” Promise told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alison Grande. “You have to have your dress longer than your arms.” The principal gave her the option of either wearing a PE shirt all night or to keep her coat on. And for a young girl who probably spent hours finding the right thing to wear only to be told she had to cover it up, it was probably devastating.
But what made Promise and her friends mad is that other girls had dresses that were equally as tight with Promise feeling like she was “singled out.” After the dance – Promise opted to wear her coat all night instead of the PE t-shirt – her mom Life Hammond found the principal and confronted him. Still livid the day after the dance, Life Hammond went to the school to file a complaint and as she attempted to escort her daughter to class, she was stopped by school staffer. “He says to me, ‘You’re trespassing, you need to leave right now,’” Hammond said. “I said, ‘Excuse me? I’m trespassing?’ He said, ‘If you don’t leave now, I’m going to arrest you.’ So he arrested me.” Hammond was handcuffed at the school.
“Students were clearly informed about the dress code for the dance and warned they would have to wear a wrap or coat if they violated it,” said Kathryn Reith of the Lake Washington School District. “We have a clear visitor policy and expect parents to cooperate with it.”
Do you think the school overreacted on both the dress code and the trespassing?
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