Joselyn Lewis

Joselyn Lewis doesn’t have an issue with student dress codes, but when the mom was turned away from a school for the way she was dressed, she thought things had gone too far.

As KPRC News reports, the mom from Houston, Texas was trying to get her 15-year-old daughter out of a bullying situation at her current school by enrolling her in a new one.

Last Monday, Lewis went to Lamar High School to remove her daughter from that school. Afterward, the mom went to Madison High School. She intended to enroll her daughter at Madison but was asked to leave because of her outfit. She told KPRC:

“When I went to Lamar, I had no problems, but when I got to Madison High School, they refused me access to the premises because of what I had on. I mean, I didn’t understand why my headscarf and my dress would conflict with me enrolling someone in school.”

At the time, the mom was wearing a headscarf and a t-shirt dress with a picture of Marilyn Monroe on it. She said she was wearing the scarf because she’d had her hair done and didn’t want to wear it out. As for the dress, Lewis said it passed the fingertip test for length.

However, the staff at Madison High made it clear that her outfit was in violation of their school policy, even after Lewis made it clear she was a parent, not a student:

“She went on to say that she still couldn’t let me on the premises because I was not in dress code and I still didn’t understand what that meant. She said that my head scarf was out of dress code and my dress was too short.”

The mom asked to see the parental dress code, which only exacerbated the situation, prompting the school to call the police to have her removed:

“I wanted to see proof of where it says parents can come dressed a certain way, but it wouldn’t show me that. I wouldn’t leave, so they called the police department. They called them on me and I guess he was coming to tell me to leave, but I was already on the phone with the school board.”

Lewis said she planned to try again to register her child and would change her outfit the next time. However, she admitted that she’s furious that her clothing prevented her from enrolling her daughter in school, especially as she wasn’t wearing anything revealing:

“I can wear what I want to wear. I don’t have to get all dolled up to enroll her to school. My child’s education, anyone’s child’s education should be more important than what someone has on, that shouldn’t matter.”

On social media, there were some who agreed with the mom, saying it was ridiculous to have rules about how a parent has to dress while enrolling a child in school.

Others, however, disagreed. Some applauded the school for creating standards for students. A few simply thought that Lewis’ outfit didn’t meet a minimum standard for appropriate dress.

While the high school’s online policies do not specifically mention parents’ clothing, a handout from the Houston Independent School District states that parents have a responsibility to be a role model for their children and “adhere to school rules and procedures.”

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8 Replies to “Mom Trying to Enroll Daughter in School Gets Turned Away Because Her Outfit Violated the Parent Dress Code”

  • Lois Batchelor 2 years ago

    I would not wear that in public. It looks as if she barely crawled out of bed and still has her night shirt on!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Um this is a nightgown! You can buy it on amazon lol

  • Ursula 2 years ago

    This is rediculous.
    No stay home
    Instead of being educated.

    If parents are poor it means
    they can only enroll a student
    If their clothes are such that
    they cannot enter unless their
    clothes.would be in the best
    looks. Their atire.shows they live beyond their means.

    It certainly was not a nightgown. And people.wear.

    Just another way to embaress
    A woman who is trying to ONLY enroll her child. How long does that take and she is gone?!

    I would get her into homeschooling.
    The loss of money.for the school. As they are paid for each child they educate.

    I know this lady has better outfits. Now you come and go
    in a classic outfit just a child
    gets into their school system.

    How do you help children and poverty? It is.a nation where homeless families also exist.How do they
    get treated? A question one should.ask.

  • Gail Crane 2 years ago

    The school system should be praising a parent who goes through the effort of making sure her child has a safe educational environment. I can think of so many parents who don’t care if their child attends school at all!

  • Danielle 2 years ago

    Ursula, I’m sure she had shorts or pants to put on, if going to a job interview with that outfit would that be discriminatory? I’m sorry but I would not want my children to see a grown woman wearing a shirt to enroll a child in school , I wouldn’t even want to see that, and if you are talking poverty, I’m sure she could buy a pair from a goodwill store or thrift store, you saying everything you did, is like saying you wouldn’t mind your child/children be around that, and just because the shirt reached her finger tip don’t mean anything, what if she were to drop something? Ppl would get an ass shot of her that just pure laziness and disgusting. Would you go to the school like that?

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    It IS a Sleep Shirt. I own it and sleep in it.

  • Gretchen Bradshaw 2 years ago

    I have to say it is good that the school has such standards for their school because some schools don’t have any and the children rule the school.
    As for the mother I do agree her outfit was not appropriate for school and she should take pride in her appearance before going out the house, but the school should not have treated her that extreme. The school should have let her in and enroll her child and just tell her the dress code so she knows for the next time.

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