We know that duct tape can fix just about anything. But how about ripped jeans? A Maryland middle school is coming under fire by a student’s mother after a teacher made her seventh grader wearing ripped jeans cover her legs with duct tape. Nicole Williams got a text from her daughter who attends Benjamin Stoddert Middle School saying that the duct tape was itching and burning her skin. However, Nicole didn’t know the jeans were a dress code violation until she got that text.
“The idea that they came up with and believe it was a good idea to put duct tape on a child when they can clearly see bare skin – I believe they should have called me first and gave her a chance to change her clothes,” Williams says. Her daughter says her teacher instructed her to use the duct tape to cover the rips. She alleges that she went to grab the tape, but the teacher was the one to put it on and made it tight “because she didn’t want it falling off.”
Turns out the school’s policy doesn’t allow shorts above the knee or jeans with holes above the knee. It also states that the school must call the parent before applying duct tape over any holes. Interim principal Marvin Jones notes that the school did not follow protocol. In a statement, he notes that the tape used on the student was “excessive” and he apologized for the school not following protocol in this incident.