'You're Taking Her Education Away Over Dress Code': Mom Confronts Principal in Viral Video

A viral video shows a mother confronting the principal of her 12-year-old daughter's school in response to her daughter being sent home due to an alleged dress code violation.

The video has yielded mixed reactions with some supporting the mother's actions while others feel her anger was unfounded. A spokesperson for the school said that one of the mother's claims was "not accurate."

The mother, Khalesei Holt, uploaded the video to her TikTok account on Friday and it has already been viewed more than 10 million times. The text overlay for the video reads: "Sent home for dress code at 12 years old! And the principle [sic] bringing up attorneys! What A JOKE!"

Holt said that the incident occurred at Ford Middle School in Tacoma, Washington. A spokesperson for the school confirmed this to Newsweek.

At the beginning of the video, viewers can hear Holt say: "I am done with it, so I am recording for my protection because I can't do it." The camera is pointed to the wall as she said this.

In response, someone — likely the principal — mentions her attorney, and tells Holt that she is not giving her permission to record the interaction. Holt explains, however, that she is going to continue recording the conversation.

When Holt asks the principal if her daughter is going to be allowed back in class, the principal says, "not right now."

Frustrated, Holt quips back: "So you're going to take her education away over her dress code?"

The principal then leaves the room, which leaves Holt to ask: "Who's going to send [my daughter] back to class?"

The daughter is visible at multiple points in the video, and she appears to be wearing a tee-shirt and sweatpants. It's not clear which dress code policy the student violated.

In the comments section of the video, Holt claimed that she brought her daughter a shirt to change into, but the administration "wouldn't allow her [daughter] in school."

A spokesperson for Ford Middle School told Newsweek that this claim was "not accurate." They explained that the student was offered a change of clothes; however, the clothing was refused by either the student or her mother — they're not sure which.

They also explained that Holt's daughter had received multiple dress code violations leading up to this incident.

Newsweek reached out to Holt but did not hear back in time for publication.

Some commenters praised Holt for how she handled the situation and expressed their frustration with school dress codes.

"Good job mom," said Alondra. "Standing up for your daughter who is dressed perfectly fine."

"I'm so glad to see a mom supporting her daughter and standing up for her," commented Sugar.

"Y'all aren't understanding. Yes she broke a rule. IT SHOULDN'T BE ONE," added Clo. "You're completely missing the point. Taking away education over a body."

Of course, others felt that Holt needs to respect the school's rules, whether she agrees with them or not.

"Uhhhh ma'am. A dress code is a dress code regardless of how you feel about it," said isitFridayyet. "Teaching your kid to do what they want and not expect consequences."

"I mean a dress code is a dress code," said Justin. "I don't see what's wrong with the school saying she needs to follow it."

B commented: "It's your job to raise a child to listen to the rules, it doesn't matter how you feel. Once she gets a job she will have to listen to their rules too."

In June, students at Natomas Charter School's Performing and Fine Arts Academy in Sacramento, California, staged a protest over their school's dress code. The demonstration went viral on TikTok.

"In protest of the dress code assembly regarding 'too much [midriff],' we are all wearing crop tops," the poster read, according to Newsweek. "Boys! Support your friends and crop your tops!!"

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