Grade 6 student launches social media dress code protest: I’m not a ‘distraction’ to boys


The protest caught on with other students and brought national attention.

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Hearing about the code, the girl’s mother showed her the #iamnotadistraction hashtag, and Molly showed up at school in a thin-strapped tank top with the hashtag scrawled on her arm.

Molly Neuner (WSCH-TV)

A Maine sixth grader has prompted her middle school to review its dress code after her Instagram posts triggered widespread attention.

Molly Neuner tells WSCH-TV she believes the dress code at Portland’s King Middle School is “unfair and sexist.”

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The code prohibits students from wearing “short or tight-fitting skirts or shorts” and also outlaws “thin-strapped tops.”

The 11-year-old says sixth graders were told such outfits could be a “distraction” to boys.

District Superintendent Xavier Botana says the district is considering “smart adjustments” to the dress code.