WEST HAVEN, Utah (ABC 4 UTAH) - A West Haven mother is upset after learning her son's shirt is considered inappropriate because of its coloring. According to the school, the combination of red, yellow, and green are against school policy.
Jessica Corban’s 14-year-old son goes to Rocky Mountain Jr. High, she says the principal at the school told her the colors on the shirt are against school policy because it advertises the use of drugs, but the mom disagrees. “Saying these colors promote marijuana use is as bit of a stretch,” said Corban.
Monday Corban’s son was told he was dressed inappropriately, and against code, by several student body officers. "He said everybody was telling me to go home today, and when I clarified that with him, he said well the student body officers were the ones telling me that I was violating the dress code,” said Corban.
Concerned, Corban called the school principal to get answers as to why her son’s shirt is inappropriate and why student body officers are enforcing the rules.
"She said that its more about the Bob Marley thing, the Bob Marley colors, that kids are using the red, yellow, and green, wearing it in combination to suggest that they use marijuana and to let others know that they do it, and to advertise marijuana,” said Corban.
As for the student body officers enforcing rules, “As student body officers they cannot enforce rules. Peers are always welcome to tell other peers of when there might be an issue of concern but certainly they have no authority,” said Nate Taggart with the Weber School District.
"I’m a little appalled that we've gone this far in our culture. They are dictating what we can and cannot wear,” said Corban.
On behalf of the school, the student was not sent home or in trouble from the school administration. The concern from the mom came after learning her son’s shirt is inappropriate based on its colors.