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Tooele student's "short skirt" gets national attention

TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Dress code drama at Tooele Junior High School is making national headlines. The principal told a girl student her skirt was too short by only a half an inch, and made her change her clothes. Her story is now going viral.
TOOELE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Dress code drama at Tooele Junior High School is making national headlines. The principal told a girl student her skirt was too short by only a half an inch, and made her change her clothes. Her story is now going viral.

Tooele Junior High School 8th grader Ema Parker recently wore a skirt to class she thought looked cute and modest. But her Principal had other plans.

“Mr. Abraham tapped me on the shoulder and says you’re not dressed right,” said Parker.

Principal Larry Abraham told Parker her skirt was half an inch too short.

“Do you think your skirt is too short?” Reporter Brian Carlson asked.

“No, not at all,” replied Parker.

Neither did her father.

“I was a little bit ticked off,” said Steve Parker, Ema’s Father.

Steve was so upset he wrote a blog about the incident, it’s now getting national attention on websites including the Huffington Post, and a lot of people are talking about it.

“It’s crazy,” said Ayanna Likens, Tooele Junior High, 8th grader.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Dylan Tippetts, Tooele Junior High 8th grader.

“I don’t think her skirt was short at all, I think she looked cute, she looked fine,” said Hannah Webber, Parker’s neighbor.

According to school policy girls’ skirts must be no higher than two inches above the knee. ABC 4 measured Parker’s skirt to see if it was too short, and we found it was exactly two inches above the knee.

So we went to Principal Abraham to ask what he saw, but he wouldn’t answer our questions.

We next showed a photo of Parker wearing her skirt to Tooele County School District Superintendent Terry Linares.

“Do you think this skirt is too short?” asked Carlson.

“I’m not going to make a judgment call, because I wasn’t there,” said Linares.

Although she wouldn’t comment either, Linares said she examine what happened.

“We will look into it to make sure that it was appropriate behavior for the school with the principal and the student,” said Linares.
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