MT. ORAB, Ohio (PIX11) — When a seventh grade girl from Ohio picked a yellow dress from her sister’s closet to wear to a school dance, she had no idea it would cause so many problems.
“The yellow dress was just right for me. It fit me perfectly. It wasn’t inappropriate,” said Ari, a seventh grader at Mt. Orab Middle School.
But when she arrived at the school dance, a male teacher reportedly told her to put a coat over her dress for the remainder of the dance, according to WKRC. A friend who was wearing a dress with spaghetti straps was told the same thing.
Ari said she was embarrassed and asked her mom to pick her up early. She says other girls wearing more revealing clothing were not asked to cover up.
So, her mother, Gina Waters,demanded an explanation from the school’s vice principal.
“I said what’s wrong with her bare arms? And she said ‘they are sexual objects’ and I said whoa, wait a minute,” Waters recalled.
The principal at Mt. Orab Middle School, Sabrina Armstrong, denied her vice principal called Ari’s bare arms “sex objects.” The school’s dress code clearly states that tank tops are not allowed. But it does not discuss sleeveless clothing. She released the following statement:
“Mt. Orab Middle School has an adopted dress code that we require all students to abide by for school functions. Administration is required to make sure students follow the dress code. Several weeks before a school dance at Mt. Orab Middle School, the students were explicitly told that the dress code should be adhered to. There were three to six students that evening at the dance who were asked to put on a sweater to cover their sleeveless attire. The student in question was among one of the three to six students who were asked and she put on her coat and stayed at the dance.
There were three to six students that evening at the dance who were asked to put on a sweater to cover their sleeveless attire.
Ari was distraught over the incident.
“I don’t know how to describe it. I felt dirty and just really down and upset that she said that because through the whole night my friends were telling me, oh, your dress looks beautiful, you look so gorgeous today,” Ari said.