School makes 9yo girl cover up as tank top 'distracts boys'

  • 30/08/2019
A 9-year-old girl was told by her Florida school to put a hoodie over her tank top as her shoulders were distracting to boys.
Photo credit: Kate Darrow

A school in the US state of Florida is facing protests after allegedly telling a nine-year-old girl to cover up as her tank top was "distracting to the boys."

The Callahan Intermediate School in Nassau County upset the girl's mother, Kate Darrow, who then decided to speak out.

"They had her wear a hoodie to cover up... right there, I knew that that was an issue," Ms Darrow told Action News Jax.

"It's 2019 and that's not something I want my daughter to be taught."

The school's dress code states: "All students shall wear full cover shirts or blouses. Shirts must cover midriff area and may not have spaghetti or thin straps less than two inches. No racer back cut tank tops or see through clothing."

Ms Darrow and her family responded with a 'peaceful protest', by making up T-shirts with slogans including "right to bare shoulders" and "real men aren't distracted by shoulders."

Florida school faces protests over telling 9yo girl to hide shoulders.
Photo credit: Kate Darrow

The family says they met with administrators from the school, who did not speak to media about the incident, but are said to have told the Darrows they will investigate what happened to their daughter.

"It's bringing the wrong idea to these girls that they are responsible for what a boy does," Ms Darrow told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Ms Darrow said the school should change its dress code.


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