Her school maintains that her T-shirt was long enough.
An elementary school in Palm Coast, Florida, is under fire this week for sending a 6-year-old girl home without pants on. Yup, you read that right. Without pants on.
ClickOrlando.com reports Raymond and McCurdy picked their daughter up from the bus only to see her crying, wearing just a pink T-shirt and school-issued underwear. (They are keeping the child’s name secret for privacy reasons.)
“I kind of lifted her shirt once we got in the car and noticed she was in panties and a T-shirt only, her soiled clothes in a bag,” her dad told the news station.
Allegedly, his daughter raised her hand to use the bathroom in class, but the teacher ignored her until it was too late. Raymond says she has a medical condition and can’t wait too long to use the bathroom.
Fearing for his daughter’s safety from riding home in underwear, he asked the school administrator what happened. “We asked her why my daughter was sent home in just panties and a T-shirt, and she begins to tell me, ‘We thought she had a long enough shirt to be able to put her on the school bus and send her home,'” he explained.
Apparently, the school nurse only gave the girl clean underwear because she thought her shirt was long enough to pass for a dress. But the parents measured the shirt to see if it fit the school’s dress code, which states that skirts and dresses have to be within 4″ above the knee. This shirt was at least 4 1/2″ above, so too short. Even so, shirts just fit differently than dresses and she could not have been comfortable.
“They make me send her to school in clothes to their expectations,” her father said. “Why couldn’t you send my kid home in clothes to your expectations?”
The parents are also wondering why they were never contacted to just come pick their daughter up, or bring a change of clothes. They’ve contacted a lawyer to find if they seek any justice for their daughter, who they say was picked on and humiliated. The school has issued a statement saying:
“There are procedures and protocols when incidents such as this happens. We’ve reviewed those during an investigation at Belle Terre Elementary School. We’ve invited the parents to sit down and discuss our findings, but they have declined.”