An irate mother in the US has blown up her first grade school after she reportedly refused to serve her daughter lunch because she was wearing spaghetti straps.
Mother Harlie posted a video explaining how the school allegedly killed her daughter for breaking the dress code, the New York Post reports.
“Update on my first grader being denied lunch because of the spaghetti straps on her shirt,” Harlie said in the video, which has been viewed more than a million times.
“You guys won’t like it, and I really don’t like it,” she continued.
The video is a follow-up to her first video describing the incident with the caption, “POV: You’re raising a grade-schooler in the South,” referring to the southern US where they live.
Harlie said she had no idea the school didn’t allow spaghetti straps because she was hospitalized for ongoing medical issues at the time her daughter was admitted to school, so her grandmother handled all the forms.
Harlie did not deny that the outfit violates the school’s rules, but she is bummed about how the school decided to handle the faux pas.
“We broke the dress code, yes 100%, I went in and told them my problem wasn’t the dress code,” Harlie said in the clip.
Harlie – who expected to talk to the school to come up with a solution that worked for all parties involved – is shocked by the school’s reaction.
“They got belligerent instead and I’m really disappointed,” she said.
She claimed that a teacher tried to convince her that her daughter had lied about being taken out of lunch, but that another teacher supported her daughter’s version of the story.
A teacher also apparently lied about how long the child was taken out of lunch, going so far as to say that Harlie’s daughter “walked too slowly.”
“I believe my child,” said Harlie.
“She doesn’t lie to me about things, not like this.”
Harlie asked the school for a dress code waiver form, which the school reportedly said no longer exists since the mask mandates were lifted.
Harlie explained that she will continue to allow her daughter to dress as she pleases and that if the school has a problem with it, they should call her instead of denying her daughter food.
If the problem persists, Harlie threatened to take her child out of school.
“Your answer to this is to get her out of academia?” the mother said the school asked her.
“Yeah, that’s exactly what I intend because if a teacher is too distracted by a 7-year-old’s shoulders to continue teaching, I don’t want her in that classroom,” she replied.
“Number two, if your solution is to starve her and shame her in front of her friends, yes, I’m about to pick her up,” she added.
Harlie said she is currently looking for other schools in the area that might be a better fit for her family.
In a follow-up video, Harlie said she spoke to an attorney who told her that it is actually illegal to deny a child a meal at school.
Commentators on Harlie’s videos were quick to defend her and support the lawyer’s revelation.
“Dress codes are wrong and if the teacher is so distracted over your daughter’s shoulders I would question the teacher’s morals,” one said.
“Regardless of whether the dress code is broken or not, it is illegal to refuse to give a student a meal/lunch time,” said another.
“As a high school teacher, I refuse to enforce a dress code,” said a third.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and is republished here with permission.