HOUSTON – The mother of a high school student claimed she could not register her daughter for class because of her outfit.
Joselyn Lewis wore a T-shirt dress of Marilyn Monroe and a head scarf to enroll her daughter at Madison High School, but said she was not allowed on the property.
Lewis said at first, she thought an administrator mistook her for a student and explained that she was a parent and registering her child.
“She went on to say that she still couldn’t let me on the premises because I was not in dress code and I still didn’t understand what that meant,” Lewis said. “She said that my head scarf was out of dress code and my dress was too short.”
Lewis said due to bullying, she un-enrolled her 15-year-old daughter from Lamar High School on Monday morning and intended to instead enroll her at Madison.
“When I went to Lamar, I had no problems, but when I got to Madison High School, they refused me access to the premises because of what I had on,” Lewis said. “I mean, I didn’t understand why my headscarf and my dress would conflict with me enrolling someone in school.”
The teen’s mother said she’s in the process of getting her hair done and didn’t want to wear it out.
“I’m not saying that it’s a part of my religion, but it could have been, but I just wanted to have it up. Who are you to say that I can’t wear my hair up? In a scarf? Who are you to tell me how to dress?” she said.