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A Girl Was Sent Home From High School For An Exposed Collarbone

Woodford County High School students can't wear anything but crewnecks.

This is Stephanie Hughes of Versailles, Kentucky. Last week, says Stephanie's mother, Stacie Dunn, she was sent home from school for wearing this outfit.

The problem? Too much exposed collarbone.

When the 16-year-old tried to cover up with a scarf, she got pushback from her high school administration, who told her she wasn't tying her scarf the proper way. Stephanie was sent home.

"Woodford County High School and the principal have been enforcing a dress code where girls can not show even their collar bones because it may distract their male class mates," wrote Stacie Dunn on Facebook. "This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones! Something needs to change!"
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"Woodford County High School and the principal have been enforcing a dress code where girls can not show even their collar bones because it may distract their male class mates," wrote Stacie Dunn on Facebook. "This is ridiculous! Parents are being called away from their important jobs and students are missing important class time because they are showing their collarbones! Something needs to change!"

The one-page dress code includes notes on the exact types of shirts students are permitted to wear — crew or button-down — and prohibits the exposure of collarbones.

The current dress code has been in place for the last 10 years.
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The current dress code has been in place for the last 10 years.

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The dress code has long been a controversial issue. Earlier this year, Woodford student Maggie Sunseri released a short documentary about the school's dress code.

View this video on YouTube

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In the documentary, one student noted how the dress code inadvertently favors some body types over others.

"I don't think they understand that not all body types are the same," she said. "And so while it might be easier for one person to find clothing that is in dress code, it's a lot harder for me to find clothing."
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"I don't think they understand that not all body types are the same," she said. "And so while it might be easier for one person to find clothing that is in dress code, it's a lot harder for me to find clothing."

This student talked about the double standard between male and female students.

"My boyfriend wore a pair of his soccer shorts to school. Soccer shorts come above the knee and it was completely fine for him," she said. "But I wore the exact same pair and they told me not to wear them."
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"My boyfriend wore a pair of his soccer shorts to school. Soccer shorts come above the knee and it was completely fine for him," she said. "But I wore the exact same pair and they told me not to wear them."

And this girl noted how much class time she's sacrificed to being punished for dress code violations.

"I got called out at the beginning of third period and I didn't get back until the last 10 minutes of the period."
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"I got called out at the beginning of third period and I didn't get back until the last 10 minutes of the period."

In response to the documentary and the attention Stephanie's story received, school principal Rob Akers has promised that he will work to come up with a revised dress code at the next school board meeting in September.

Though it may not actually be implemented until January 2016.

Until then, girls will have to continue covering up.

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