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NC High School Draws Criticism for Denying Student Bus Ride Due to Outfit

Hoke County High School faces backlash after an administrator removes a student off the bus because of her outfit.

India Middleton is furious with the school for the poor treatment of her 16-year-old daughter Makhigha Davis.

“I don’t send my children out here in provocative clothes to break any rules at school… I feel like that could have been handled a different way,” the mother exclaimed to ABC11.

Middleton said she received a frantic phone call from her daughter when the assistant principal refused to let Davis ride on the school bus because of her slightly off the shoulder top which she’d worn all day with no problems. Her daughter eventually was forced to wait outside the closed school unsupervised after the last staff member left.

“She said, ‘You have to wait outside because I’m about to leave and the office is about to close,'” the 16-year-old said.

Middleton posted a video online that captured the attention of others. The camera shows the concerned mother picking her daughter up two hours later and the entire staff left for the day.

“For you to have those doors locked, it’s unfair to children,” said Middleton.

Hoke County School officials released a statement to ABC11:

“Hoke County Schools will not make excuses for the poor judgment demonstrated by the assistant principal. The best course of action would have been to allow the student to get on the bus Friday. All administrators understand that if a child is pulled from a bus then they are responsible for that child’s supervision until they are safely picked up by a parent.”

Middleton has yet to send her daughter back to school since the incident. She believes the administrator should be reprimanded for his actions.

“It seems like there is no consequence for the administrator. He gets to go about his regular day,” she told the news outlet.


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