Every now and then, a story crops up revolving around the "appropriateness" of an outfit, usually belonging to a female. If it's not a traveler getting taken off a flight for wearing a crop top, then it's a kindergartner being penalized for wearing a dress. Yep, you read that right. Emily Stewart turned to Facebook to express her anger after her daughter's school changed her outfit. The adorable kindergartner was sent to school by Stewart wearing a dress that was gifted to her by her grandma.
Her mom knew the weather was supposed to be good, so chose to pair the light dress with a sweater and jeans underneath it. That way, the five-year-old could take the sweater off if it got too warm. When she got to school, Harmony was taken out of class and changed into a t-shirt that covered up her shoulders, as the nurse said that she needed to cover up. When Stewart asked her daughter's teacher about the incident, she was directed to the school's 23-year-old dress code. The code says that students should be dressed "appropriately for school activities" and the weather, while also ensuring that clothing didn't "prohibit the health and safety of the student."
Harmony told her mother that teachers said she needed to change because she "needed privacy", but the little girl couldn't understand why she wasn't allowed to wear her new dress. When she spoke to her mom about it, she started crying and said she felt embarrassed at being pulled out of class.
Rather than let dress-gate go by unchecked, Stewart challenged the code by taking it to the school board. She insists it isn't an attack on the school, but wants her daughter to be proud and unashamed of her body without being made to feel otherwise. While it's an unfortunate event that hurt the feelings of an innocent young girl, Harmony's tears weren't in vain.
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The school is now working on updating the dress code on the back of Stewart's questioning. In the meantime, Harmony is enjoying her beautiful new dress - albeit outside of school grounds. Stewart is hopeful that there the incident will bring about a positive change for her daughter and her classmates.