She was shocked when she found her daughter was sent to the principal’s office because she was dress-coded. You wouldn’t believe what her daughter was wearing for her to get the violation!
The Dress Code Incident
OP (Original Poster), Jessi Vines, posted a TikTok video with over 5,000,000 views, showing her daughter’s outfit to school.
Before posting, Jessi received a call from her daughter’s school, saying that she had been dress-coded and would need a change of clothes. When she finally arrived at the principal’s office, she couldn’t believe her kid was sent there for such clothing.
Clothed From Top to Bottom
The teenager wore Converse shoes, high-waisted jeans, a white T-shirt, and a jacket wrapped around her waist. The only parts of her skin showing were her arms and the little gap between her shoes and the hem of her jeans.
Is Three Centimeters a Bother?
Jessi’s daughter was dress-coded while her jacket was placed around her waist, and even if she wasn’t wearing it, only three centimeters of her stomach would be visible. So, Jessi was absolutely shocked and disgusted that her child was called to the principal’s office over her appropriate outfit.
Messing up Young Minds
In her video, Jessi referred to dress codes as “outdated” and “s*****.” Aside from that, it sends the wrong message to children.
She added, “Stop teaching children that covering up is more important than learning.”
Fix the System
She then blamed the school districts for not paying their staff reasonably enough and letting minor issues such as this matter become huge.
She captioned, “If schools would pay their educators their worth, we wouldn’t have low lives crawling the schools looking for a reason to disrupt kids’ days. Focus on what matters and do better.”
I’ll Be My Own Voice
After a while, Jessi posted another video showing more detail about how her daughter was dress-coded. This time, the teenager spoke for herself, explaining that she was having lunch at the cafeteria when the lunch aide approached her.
She was instructed to throw her food away and report to the principal’s office—all because of her outfit.
Clueless About the Issue
Jessi’s daughter said she was confused since her stomach was barely showing. As a student sitting at her desk almost the entire day, there was so little chance that the other students would notice it.
Plus, she was wearing her jacket when she arrived at school. She said that since it was below freezing outside, there was a high chance she’d be wearing it the whole day—further hiding the three centimeters of stomach skin exposed.
It’s You, Not Me!
In the video’s caption, Jessi mentioned that if the school worries about three centimeters of skin, that’s a “them problem” and not hers. She also shared that her daughter’s outfit was pre-approved by her before she went to school.
They have also brought the issue to the attention of the district. Unfortunately, she lives in a conservative part of Texas.
What Actually Matters
Thankfully, although this could be a traumatizing incident for some, her daughter is happy, healthy, intelligent, beautiful, and thriving.
She added, “I applaud her and encourage her to embrace her individual style, wear what she feels good in, and stand up for what she believes in. Have a good day, and raise your babies right.”
The TikTok Community’s Opinions
For some people in the online community, dress codes could be one of the reasons why students hate going to school and might be what hinders their eagerness to learn.
One TikToker wrote, “My school gave up on dress code, and as soon as they did that, they had more people showing up and higher test scores.”
Another shared, “The girls at my kids’ middle school got the dress code abolished because it was s*****. Guess what? Kids aren’t really wearing anything inappropriate.”
What Teachers Have to Say
Even some teachers don’t care about dress codes at all. This just shows that such policies are not necessary.
A user said, “Middle school teacher of 12 years here. Most teachers ignore the dress code. We agree. Dress codes need to be updated!”
Another one wrote, “As a teacher, I do ignore dress code violations when they are minor. However, parents and students sign off on a code of conduct every year.”
Others pointed out that instead of worrying too much about what students wear, school staff should focus more on the kids’ quality of education because that’s what matters.
“They’re spending too much time trying to figure out if someone is breaking the dress code instead of teaching, helping kids, or something productive,” a TikToker commented.
Another person wrote, “I’m a Mennonite grandmother, and I think you look just fine. The teachers would be better off spending their energy on providing a great education.”
A Double Standard
Inequality has been apparent in this society; sadly, it’s also present in schools. The dress code is evidence of this statement.
A TikTok user said, “It’s not the point if she broke the dress code or not. It’s that dress codes are only enforced on girls and not boys. I think her outfit is cute.”
Someone else wrote, “My elementary school had so many dress codes for the girls but almost none for the boys.”
Do you agree with Jessi Vines? What are your opinions on dress codes?
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This post first appeared as Her Teenage Daughter Was Dress-Coded and Sent to the Principal’s Office for Showing “Three Centimeters” of Skin. It’s Disgusting, “Revolting,” and “Outdated,” and She’s Absolutely Furious at the School Officials! on Quote Ambition.