There are a lot of ways for teachers to welcome a new student to school. They could pair her up with a lunch buddy. They could inform her of clubs she might want to join. They could also tell her her skirt is an inch too short and force her to wear a neon yellow oversize T-shirt with "DRESS CODE VIOLATION" emblazoned on the front. Those are all options!
It was right after first period. I was in the hallway and I got stopped by a teacher who told me my skirt was too short and sent me to the nurse's office. They told me I was going to have to change and put on the dress-code-violation outfit. ... The school has said this is to embarrass you. It's supposed to embarrass you so you don't do it again.
This was on her third day of school in a new town. Larkin says being forced to wear the t-shirt and red sweatpants was humiliating, and her mother called the outfit a "shame suit." Her mother is now filing a complaint with FERPA, The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, alleging that the "shame suit" made her daughter's private disciplinary records public.
According to the school, Larkin's skirt fell four inches above her knee. Oakleaf High's dress code mandates that skirts are no shorter than three inches above the knee.