Wearing a knit dress that hit just above her knees and a pair of black, opaque leggings, Amanda Durbin didn’t expect to get in trouble for her outfit at her Brownsville, Kentucky, high school.
“I felt like I was somebody that had done something wrong even though I know I hadn’t,” Durbin tells the local news station WBKO.
Yet she was sent home Monday from Edmonson County High School after administrators forced Durbin to get on her knees as they measured with a ruler how far the bottom of her dress was from the floor.
“If the gap between the floor and the garment is more than six inches it’s out of dress code,” Principal Tommy Hodges tells WBKO.
According to the dress code posted on the school’s website, “Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no more than six (6) inches from the floor while kneeling. Also, holes in jeans, pants, or the above-named apparel must be no more than six (6) inches from the floor while kneeling. This six (6) inch rule will apply regardless of leggings, hosiery, or other undergarments worn with shorts, skirts, and dresses.”
Durbin wasn’t the only one who had to go through the embarrassing experience.
“There were at least 30 to 40 or more girls that were either sent home or told they needed to change because they were out of dress code,” Durbin says. “Some of them were wearing the same thing I was wearing.”
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Hodges says that the dress code has been in place for three years, but they just started cracking down on it.
“As of a teacher’s meeting Wednesday [Jan. 13] afternoon, we’ve told the teachers we need to be more consistent and we need to look at the dress code to make sure we’re enforcing it,” Hodges says.
Durbin and her mom, Alexandria, say they were shocked to hear she would be sent home because Amanda’s outfit was not revealing.
“I’ve had people saying that’s something they would wear to church,” Alexandria says. “If it’s appropriate for you to go to church in, why isn’t it appropriate for you to go to school in.”
PEOPLE has reached out to Durbin and Hodges for further comment.