MT. JULIET, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dozens of teenagers are upset with Mt. Juliet High School after the school punished them for their outfits Thursday.
The school told News 2 it was simply enforcing the school dress code on leggings but some parents and students said the suspensions caught them off guard.
Ashton Cable, 18, was one of many the school sent to in-school suspension Thursday.
“They said ‘either sit in the cafeteria’, I guess it was ISS, or ‘you can go home and change’,” said Cable.
She was one of many female students at Mt. Juliet High School who staff told they were wearing leggings in a way that breaks the school dress code.
“When I walked in, there was at least 50 or so girls standing around wearing all types of outfits of all different sorts. So it wasn’t just me. It happened to a lot of other girls too,” said Cable.
Students began tweeting about the crackdown with hash tag #FreeTheLeggings.
Mt. Juliet resident Bob Horn had to pick up his granddaughter from school for the same issue.
“It wasn’t clear to the receptionist at the school why today was selected to enforce the policy. Since the policy was instituted as they said a while ago and they had never enforced it,” said Horn.
New 2 checked and the Wilson County Schools dress code manual states “leggings may be worn with appropriate dresses, skirts or shorts.”
Wilson County Schools spokesperson Amelia Hipps said “It was just a matter of, there were several, roughly 40 female students that didn’t follow the dress code and it caught the attention of a female teacher and so at that point they have to take action.”
“I guess they are just trying to get it across that leggings should be under, like wear under dresses and long t-shirts but they should not be considered pants,” said Cable.