Weird news: Student kicked out for wearing tights

An 11-year old honors student was reprimanded for wearing tights that matched her skin color

By Prachi Gupta

Published September 12, 2012 9:42PM (EDT)

       (Tatjana Kruusma/Shutterstock)
(Tatjana Kruusma/Shutterstock)

Mount Gleason Middle School has a dress code that prohibits students from wearing tights as pants, and rightly so. Yolanda Turnstill, the mother of  Deja, an 11-year-student at Mount Gleason, doesn't agree. On letting her daughter wear just tights, she told KTLA, "She wears them all the time, all the time." In fact, according to Turnstill, "80 percent" of Deja's wardrobe is tights. Oof.

While one may reasonably question Yolanda Turnstill's (and her daughter's) fashion sense, she may have some reason to be angry. Turnstill maintains that the school kicked Deja, an honors student, out of class for wearing tights. Except, according to Turnstill, it wasn't just for wearing tights. It was because she wore brown tights. Deja's teacher's assistant "allegedly said the tights were too racy because their color made it appear Deja was not wearing pants," Turnstill told KTLA.

Turnstill continued:

"I felt discriminated against," Deja's mother, Yolanda Tunstill, told KTLA. "Shocked... like, I mean are you serious? I can't believe this."

"I can understand if they said okay, this type of material, this type of clothing," Tunstill said. She continued: "But for you to make a remark to state becasue the pants were brown and to make a remark about my daughter's skin color... That was not right to me."

Turnstill plans to take legal action against the Los Angeles Unified School District.

H/T LAist

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at

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