Honors student suspended over off-the-shoulder shirt

Summer says she was suspended for wearing this shirt to school. (Photo: Submitted photo via WCNC)
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCNC) - A North Carolina high school honor student could be in danger of losing college scholarships after a dress code violation.

Officials at Hickory Ridge High School in Charlotte say the student, named Summer, cannot attend graduation after she was seen Wednesday wearing a shirt that rests just off the tops of her shoulders.

The principal asked if she had a jacket and after saying "I think my shirt is fine," she borrowed a jacket and zipped it up.

But that wasn't enough.

"We have drug dealers walking across that stage, we have sex offenders walking across that stage, and the 4.4 (GPA) student who showed her shoulders can't," Summer told WCNC-TV.

She received a 10-day suspension and was ordered not to attend any senior activities, including graduation.

Summer says it wasn't the first issue between her and the principal. The tension had gotten so bad, the student's mother told administrators to call her before taking disciplinary action against her daughter.

A spokesperson for the school system refused to comment, citing student privacy, and provided a copy of the school's dress code. The dress code is lengthy and specifically prohibits students from wearing off-the-shoulder shirts.

Summer says she plans to study pre-med and a full ride scholarship means a lot to her.

She says the principal is still considering expelling her.