A North Carolina teen was forbidden from taking the school bus home by an assistant principal who believed the student’s off-the-shoulder shirt was simply too “inappropriate” for the ride, her furious mom said.
India Middleton said her 16-year-old daughter waited in vain for nearly two hours to be picked up outside of Hoke County High School on Friday after the administrator made the decree.
“My child was kicked off the bus today, I don’t understand,” Middleton said in a video posted to Facebook.
Her daughter, Makhigha Davis, said she went the entire school day without a single teacher commenting on her loose, light blue shirt.
Middleton argued the school should have at least made sure someone waited with her daughter while she drove to pick her up — but instead, locked the school doors.
“I feel like that could have been handled a different way,” she told ABC 11. “For you to have those doors locked, it’s unfair to children.”
Hoke County Schools said they wouldn’t “make excuses for the poor judgment demonstrated by the assistant principal,” in a statement to the outlet.
“The best course of action would have been to allow the student to get on the bus Friday,” they wrote.
Their response wasn’t enough for Middleton, who hasn’t sent her daughter back to school since.
“It seems like there is no consequence for the administrator. He gets to go about his regular day,” she said.
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