HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — As the school year kicks off across the state, a Huntersville teen is speaking out against teachers and administrators humiliating students.


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Sara Holland says she was "dress coded" last year

Holland says she was forced to stand up in front of the class so teachers could check the length of her shirt

Holland says this is a common practice in CMS middle schools


Sara Holland, 14, says the way faculty check to make sure girls are complying with the dress codes can lead to humiliation. She hopes by speaking out, school leadership will change their policies to check student outfits away from their peers.

“It would make a difference. It’s not as embarrassing,” Holland said. “People won’t know about it. As long as it’s not in the middle of class or in the middle of the lunch room. I just think that would make a big difference. If something that small changed.”

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, dress code policies are set in place by the principals of each school across the district.

Holland will be attending high school this year and says the dress policies are a bit easier for high school students.

We reached out to CMS to see if any policies have changed since Holland spoke at the school board meeting, but we have yet to hear back.