Girl, 8, Shamed For Showing Balls Of Her Shoulders By Mormon Dress Code Policy In Public School: Report
Valley Elementary School, in Ogden, Utah, reportedly reprimanded an eight-year-old girl for wearing a shirt that exposed the balls of her shoulders, and forced her to wear a jacket for the day.
The girl’s parent contacted the American Humanist Association, which sent a letter on Sept. 11 to officials at the Weber School District and the school:
[The dress code provision applied to the young female student] is based on generalizations about boys’ inability to control their sexual impulses, reinforcing the harmful message to female students that they are at fault for experiencing sexual harassment based on certain clothing choice.
The American Humanist Association’s letter also noted how the school policy mirrored Mormon teachings, which violates church-state separation:
We would also be naïve to overlook the strong influence of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on the district’s dress code policies. We are aware of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ dress code for youth in a pamphlet called “For the Strength of Youth,’ the obvious source for the Weber High dress code provision.”
The pamphlet states: “Immodest clothing is any clothing that is tight, sheer, or revealing in any other manner. Young women should avoid short shorts and short skirts, shirts that do not cover the stomach, and clothing that does not cover the shoulders or is low-cut in the front or the back.” Indisputably similar language is prominent in the school district’s dress code provisions.
(Source: American Humanist Association)