A Utah mother has been left in tears after her daughter was unfairly reprimanded for violating the school dress code by wearing a long sleeve sweater with a picture of Marilyn Monroe exposing her shoulder on it.
Katie Fabert, of South Ogden, said her 13-year-old daughter loves Marilyn Monroe and has a couple sweatshirts with the actress on it.
But she was shocked to learn a school employee forced her daughter to leave South Ogden Junior High to return home and change her shirt on Wednesday, claiming it violated the dress code.
Mom Katie Fabert confronted school officials after her daughter was forced to change out of her Marilyn Monroe sweatshirt on Wednesday at South Ogden Junior High in Utah
She says that her daughter was unjustly scolded when the school sent her 13-year-old daughter home for the sweater that depicted Marilyn Monroe with an exposed shoulder
School officials said Wednesday that it was inappropriate because Monroe was pictured with an exposed shoulder. On Thursday school principal called Fabert to apologize and say her daughter didn’t actually violate any code
However, the sweatshirt didn’t expose any of the student’s skin or share an offensive message. The Monroe was simply exposing her shoulder in the image, posing next to rapper Tupac Shakur.
‘She basically just said “I got dress coded for this shirt,”‘ Fabert said to Fox13, meaning she got in trouble for her clothing.
Fabert asked her daughter what was wrong with the top and she answered ‘I don’t know’.
So the next morning the furious mother took matters into her own hands and confronted school officials on Thursday morning.
‘I said, “Is this not in dress code?” And he said, “No, it’s not,” And I said, “Well why isn’t it?”‘ she said.
She added that the meeting with the vice principal was tense and he started acting unprofessionally.
The Weber School District released a statement saying the principal of South Ogden High (above) is investigating the matter
‘He just said, “If Marilyn Monroe on the shirt isn’t South dress code, then the shirt isn’t South’s dress code,’ Fabert recalled.
‘He just got kind of in her face, and I just kind of looked over at her– and she just looked like she was on the verge of tears. I was like, “Alright let’s go,”‘ she added pulling her daughter out of class for the day.
Later in the day the principal of the school phoned Fabert to say that sweater didn’t actually violate the dress code at all. But he didn’t specify if she’d be allowed to swear the Marilyn Monroe sweater again.
He said he would go over the dress code policy personally with his staff members.
‘Instead of enforcing what is actually dress code…these teachers are coming in and bringing their own opinion,’ an upset Fabert said.
This whole thing just got out of hand,” Fabert said. “It was a sweater, and they made it something… and she felt bad. I mean, it’s something that she really loved.
The Weber School District released a statement in light of the incident.
‘We did have an issue yesterday with a student wearing a shirt that an employee thought was in a violation of the dress code. The student was asked to wear something different. The principal is in the process of reviewing that decision. We will work closely with the student and their family to appropriately resolve the matter,’ the statement said.