No short shorts dress code at local high school has some parents appalled

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. -- Short shorts are no longer allowed at Queen Creek High School and some students and parents are appalled.

Shorts now must be longer than a student’s fingertips.

Misty Pollina and Tammy McDonald both have daughters that attend the school.

Both women said this rule is unfair because the arm length of every student is different.

McDonald said the rule was slipped into this year's dress code without parents' input.

“You have to give people reasonable time.  They need to know ahead of time how to prepare.  And if you're not telling them, they're not prepared,” McDonald said.

The girls already bought their own shorts for school. Now the clothes are inappropriate for class.

“I do not feel in any way, shape or form the things she's wearing are inappropriate,” Pollina said.

The Queen Creek School District superintendent, Tom Lindsey, said the parents were notified about the change. An email was sent out to parents a month before school started.

“We feel that is sufficient time to make adaptions. What is considered to be appropriate at home, might not be appropriate at the work place and we consider school to be a work place,” Lindsey said.

The teens were written up for violating dress code.

The girls said students have to stand up and show their teacher what they're wearing.

“Having my guy teacher look me up and down is uncomfortable,” Pollina’s daughter, Kyla, said.

Lindsey said the dress code has been in place at the middle and junior high schools. He also said the high-school staff wanted the dress code.

“When they bend over, when they sit down, they ride up too much on their body and show different parts that are probably not appropriate for the work place,” Lindsey said.

Both mothers are attending a school-board meeting Tuesday to share their input with the board.

“I'm pro dress code, 100 percent.  There needs to be a dress code and guidelines that are fair and equal for everybody,” McDonald said.

The superintendent said the board will listen to the concerned parents, but for now the fingertip rule is here to stay.