Black girl sent home from school for wearing brown tights

Deja Tunstill  
By: David Ross 

(Scroll down for video) The black community in Los Angeles is outraged after a black girl was sent home from school for wearing brown tights that matched her skin color, according to reports.

A Los Angeles middle school student was sent home for wearing skin-colored stockings after the teacher said they were too racy as it seemed she had no pants on, the girl's mother said.

Mount Gleason Middle School in Sunland has a policy that prohibits students from wearing pantyhose. But Yolanda Turnstill, of Sunland, California, said her daughter, Deja, 11, Wore tights to school all the time and never had a problem until she wore a pair of brown tights on Friday.

Deja, an honor student, was sent to the principal's office and a teacher's aide told her she had no pants on, Turnstill said. "I felt discriminated against," she told the local news media. "I was shocked. I mean, seriously? I do not believe they did this."

"I can understand if they said yes, this kind of material, this type of clothing is not okay," she added. "But for them to make a remark because the pants were brown and make a point about the skin color of my daughter, it was not right for me."

The school district told the local TV station that the color was not an issue. Deja, broke a rule that students cannot wear tights or pajamas. Deja returned to school on Tuesday and the family received a letter saying that the assistant who made the statement was disciplined.

Tunstill said she was considering suing the school district. "There has never been a problem before until she wore brown and then it became a problem," she told the TV station.

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