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Florida student forced to wear 'shame suit'; mother files complaint

Florida student forced to wear 'shame suit'; mother files complaint

By Mina Abgoon. CREATED Sep 4, 2014

A Florida mother says she is filing a complaint with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) after her daughter was forced to wear what she considers a “shame suit.”

It was apparently 15-year-old Miranda Larkin’s third day at her new school, Oakleaf High School, when she was told her skirt length was breaking the dress code, according to WTSP 10 News.
 
Larkin was reportedly sent to the school nurse, who insisted that she change into a neon yellow t-shirt and sweat pants which both read "DRESS CODE VIOLATION" in a large font.
 
"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, the teen's mom, according to WTSP.
 
The teen’s mom compares putting a child in an outfit detailing their rule violation to making their private records public. Both, she says, are a “clear violation of their privacy rights."
 
The Clay County School District told First Coast News that students who break dress code can opt to have in-school suspension or get new clothes dropped off. But according to Dianna Larkin, her daughter was not given either choice.
 
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Mina Abgoon, a Vegas-based journalist, is a digital editor with Journal Broadcast Group's national content team.