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High School Honors Student Could Lose Scholarship For Showing Shoulders

By Mark Pygas

An honor roll senior at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, North Carolina, could lose college scholarships after she was suspended for wearing a top that showed her shoulders. 

The student, identified only as Summer, was wearing a loose blouse that was slightly off-the-shoulder and exposed her collarbone when her principal demanded she cover up during lunch. WRAL reports that the principal asked Summer to put on a jacket, to which Summer responded that she thought her shirt was “fine.” The principal replied by saying that her lower back was “also completely exposed,” going against the school’s dress code. 

Summer said again that she thought it was fine, but borrowed a friend's jacket to comply with the principal. “I pulled it up, put the jacket over it, zipped up the jacket,” Summer told WCNC. But Summer claims that it didn't end there, as the principal reportedly told her to “go to the control room to change her clothes.” Summer replied: “I completely understand why a dress code is put into place but I feel like after I put on that jacket it should have been subdued.”