A high school senior, identified only as Summer, has been suspended from attending the Hickory Ridge High School in North Carolina after authorities claimed she violated dress code policies.
Summer, who is an honor student with a 4.4 GPA and full scholarship, says she was just eating lunch on what was a regular day for her, when the school’s principal walked up to her and asked if she had a jacket.
The perplexed youngster said, “I think my shirt is fine” because she was wearing a shirt with a round neckline, which only revealed her collarbones.
But she was then asked to change her clothes despite that she had pulled on a friend’s jacket.
Things soon escalated and turned into an argument when Summer defended her shirt, which according to the principal made her lower back visible.
Summer, who has previously had issues with the principal, asked her to call her mother to discuss the outfit, but instead of doing so, the principal involved the school’s officer.
The girl was with classmates in the school's auditorium when the principal dismissed everyone but her.
“[The SRO] was within five feet of me, he had his hand on his gun. [The principal] said ‘I'm gonna give you an ultimatum. We have tried to call your mother. You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you,’" Summer said.
She further stated she remained in her seat and tried to call her mother, when the principal asked the officer to arrest her. Fortunately, before that could happen, Summer’s mother called back.
Summer was suspended for 10 days and banned from attending any “senior activities,” which includes graduation.
“It's just sad because I worked so hard for four years to walk across that stage. We have drug dealers walking across that stage, we have sex offenders walking across that stage and then the 4.4 student who showed her shoulders can't,” the teen spoke of her plight.
School officials claimed Summer was suspended for “subordination” not “dress code violation” and that they still might expel her once she gets back.
Some students of the school are giving it negative reviews on Google to show their support for Summer.
People are even talking about the incident on social media using a hashtag #JusticeforSummer:
@texas_kayak @blakerosser1 @HaleyRoseBell @vomiting_cat @YasminYonis @PatriciaMaria__ @hrhsbulls @CabCoSchools As someone who breaks dress code every day, it's usually finished and over when I'm told to put on a coat and I do, which Summer did— cece (@cecemeddock) May 22, 2017