LEXINGTON, N.C. — Violet Burkhart says she dressed up on the last day of her senior year at Central Davidson High School because she wanted the day to be special.
“I thought my last day was going to be great and exciting, but they pretty much ruined it for me,” said Burkhart.
With two hours left in the day, Burkhart says teachers pulled her aside and measured her dress in the middle of the hallway. Teachers told her that her dress was half an inch too short, then called her mother and said she had to go home and change.
“I literally looked back at the clock and I’m thinking, it’s 1:00 in the afternoon on her last day of her senior year. My daughter — it’s supposed to be one of her best days and she’s there crying,” said Amy Redwine, Violet’s mother.
Redwine isn’t arguing with the school’s dress code, but said she thinks the situation could have been handled differently. Especially since she says her daughter had worn the dress to school several times before.
“If I thought this dress was inappropriate, I would have never allowed her to wear the dress,” said Redwine.
Since the last day of school didn’t live up to expectations, Redwine is making her daughter’s graduation extra special by wearing the dress that got her in trouble.
“If her dress is too short, then my dress is too short and I’m going to wear it in front of everybody and be proud just like she should have been able to on her last day,” said Redwine.
Central Davidson High School graduation will be held on Saturday.
The school district did not respond to requests for comment regarding this matter.