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Was a Middle School Student Discriminated Against Because of the Color of Her Leggings?

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An honors student at a California middle school is at the center of an alleged discrimination incident at her school. Deja, an 11-year-old student, says that a teaching assistant dismissed her from class at Mount Gleason Middle School for wearing "racy" brown leggings.

The school's dress code explicitly states that students can not wear tights alone. The assistant allegedly said the tights were too racy because their brown color made it appear that Deja, who is African American, was not wearing any pants at all.

Deja's mother, Yolanda, says the incident was related to her daughter's skin color and that she felt "discriminated against" because there was never a problem with her daughter wearing tights or leggings of other colors. In a letter sent to the Tunstill family, the Los Angeles Unified School District denies that the honors student was sent home.

The school also says that, "the appropriate administrative action is being taken," with respect to the teaching assistant. Still, Yolanda is not happy and feels that an injustice was done to her daughter. "For you to make a remark to state because the pants were brown and to make a remark about my daughter's skin color...that was not right to me." Yolanda plans to take legal action regarding the incident.

KTLA reporter Doug Kolk first reported the story.

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