Deja Turnstill, 11, a middle school honour student, was allegedly dismissed from class for wearing a pair of brown tights that she was allegedly told too closely matched her skin tone. A Los Angeles middle schooler was sent home for wearing skin-colored tights her teachers said were “racy” because it looked like she didn’t have pants on, the girl’s mother claimed.
Mount Gleason Middle School in Sunland has a policy that forbids students from wearing tights.
But Yolanda Turnstill, of Sunland, Calif., said her daughter, Deja, 11, wore tights to school “all the time” and never had a problem – until she wore a pair of brown ones on Friday.
Deja, an honour student, was sent to the principal’s office, and a teacher’s aide told her it looked like she had no pants on, Turnstill said.
“I felt discriminated against,” Tunstill says. “Shocked. I mean, are you serious? I can’t believe this.”
“I can understand if they said okay, this type of material, this type of clothing,” she added. “But for you to make a remark to state because the pants were brown and to make a remark about my daughter’s skin colour… that was not right to me.”
The school district is quoted to have said the color wasn’t a problem. Deja broke a rule that said students can’t wear tights or pajamas.
Deja went back to school on Tuesday, and the family received a letter saying the teacher’s assistant who made the pantsless remark was disciplined.
Tunstill said she was mulling suing the school district.
“There has never been a problem before until she wore the brown ones, and then it became a problem,” she says.