It's safe to say that 11-year-old Bella's first day of middle school in Lansing, Kan., didn't go according to plan. Just after 8am last Wednesday she texted her mother, Kimberly Jones, to say that she "got dress coded" and had to wear sweatpants over her flowered leggings because her tunic was too short (photo of outfit here). A district rep tells Fox4KC, "The nurse ... measured all the way around" and the shirt was too short "in front and in the back." Bella said she was told she couldn't call her mom and have new clothes brought to school, reports Today. The rep says school policy is to get the student back to class ASAP, rather than wait for a parent to arrive. But after learning what had happened, a shocked Jones rushed to Lansing Middle School—but not before Bella had typed, "I want to move. Can we please move."
Bella's military family had recently moved to Kansas, and "she was begging to move because they embarrassed and harassed her," Jones writes in a Facebook post that had gone viral but has since been removed. "Why? Because apparently 13-year-old boys (she's 11 in 6th grade) can't control themselves around this." Jones was incredulous not only because of the rule itself—"her butt is even covered!"—but because it wasn't written clearly in the school's dress policy, reports Mashable. Leggings have since been specifically prohibited, but Jones wrote in her post that while she waited for the principal she saw a teacher walk by with pants so tight her underwear was visible. (This man's $245 pants were deemed "too street" for a pizza place.)