A Montana 11-year-old was excited to wear her new floral dress for picture day last week, until middle school officials cited her for a dress code violation.
The little girl, named Vegas, had received the dress as a gift from her sister, according to her grandmother.
She paired the grey and pink frock with some leggings for modesty — but it wasn’t enough to account for the school’s strict rule against showing shoulders, Yahoo Lifestyle reported.
Her infuriated grandmother, Sandra Lynn Beeler Darling, posted a photo to Facebook of the girl crying after she was told to change out of her new dress:Sandra Lynn Beeler Darling/Facebook
The grandmother wrote:
“My beautiful granddaughter Vegas got dress coded today, her sister bought her this dress and they told her to change it because it was distracting.”
She then handed out some fiery advice for anyone who thought her granddaughter’s new dress was inappropriate for school. Darling said:
“It was picture day and she wanted to look cute, she is 11, if you or your kids think it is distracting, don’t look at her.”
According to Fox News, the grandmother’s post went viral after it was posted on Thursday.
The image has been shared nearly 2,000 times — and now other parents are furious at the school’s actions. too. Some wrote:
“She looks adorable but so sad. School has gotten to be more like prison than a place to get an education.”
“Her parents need to take this up the chain! Beautiful little girl and very nice dress.”
“Idiots. What? Flowers to big? Idiots.”
Darling told Yahoo Lifestyle that Vegas is a quiet child who has never been cited for a dress code violation before. Her parents had to bring her a change of clothes to wear after her school picture was taken.
The grandmother said that the 11-year-old was left in tears and the school has no interest in discussing the matter further.