ORANGE PARK, Fla. A mother claims her daughter was forced by her school to swap her too-short skirt for what she calls a 'shame suit.'
When 15-year-old Miranda Larkin went to Oakleaf High School in a black skirt about three to four inches above her knees on the third day of school, she didn't know she was in violation of the dress code.
She says a teacher sent her to the school nurse who said she had to put on a neon yellow T-shirt and bright red sweat pants with the words 'DRESS CODE VIOLATION' written across both.
'She just points at me from across the hall, and says, 'Your skirt is too short,' ' Miranda said.
Miranda just moved to Clay County from Seattle and was on her third day at a new school.
Her mother, Dianna Larkin, said the outfit was humiliating.
'She put on the outfit in the bathroom and looked at herself in the mirror and just broke down. She started sobbing and broke out in hives,' said Dianna Larkin.
A Clay County School District representative says students who violate the dress code are given the option to stay in their clothes and go to in-school suspension, wear the sweats and T-shirt as punishment and go to class, or arrange for someone to bring them other clothes. Larkin says she was only given one option.
'I feel that by putting a kid in an outfit that says what they did wrong across their chest and down their leg is taking their private records and making them public and that's a clear violation of their privacy rights.' added the teen's mother.
Larkin was able to leave school early and not face suspension. She says she's filing a complaint with FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, for making her daughter's discipline public.
The Clay County School District says the intent of the outfit is to get students back to class as quickly as possible.
The School Board attorney said in a statement that after consulting with other districts, the policy has been deemed suitable.
'(The outfit) is not displaying a discipline record to the public,' the statement said. 'If we took off the words the other students would still know that the prison orange T-shirts were for dress code violations. I think that the practice is OK.'