REDMOND, Wash. - A Redmond mother was arrested in a dispute over what her daughter wore to a dance.
Promise Hammond, a student at Redmond Junior High School, wore a dress to her ninth grade dance that violated her school’s dress code. When her classmates boarded buses to go to the boat dance Thursday night, her school’s principal talked to her about her attire.
KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alison Grande spoke with Promise about the incident.
“She’s like, ‘You need to have a decent dress, and decency is decided by me and I don’t think that is decent,’” Promise said. “You have to have your dress longer than your arms.”
At Promise’s school, if a student violates the dress code, it is called “dress-coded." She had the option of wearing a physical education T-shirt or keeping her coat on all night.
Promise showed KIRO 7 pictures of what the other girls wore at the dance and they were wearing tight dresses as well.
“I was like, ‘I should go now. My dress is exactly the same tightness as hers,’” said Promise’s friend Aysel Fernandes.
Promise told KIRO 7 she felt was singled out.
When the dance was over, Promise’s mom, Life Hammond, found the principal.
“I said, ‘What you made my daughter wear a coat the whole night for the dance on the last celebration for the school year?’” said Hammond.
On Friday morning, Hammond went to the school to file a grievance and to try to go to class with her daughter. Hammond was told she would need prior permission.
Hammond argued that she was on campus for school business.
“He says to me, ‘You’re trespassing, you need to leave right now,’” Hammond said. “I said, ‘Excuse me? I’m trespassing?’ He said, ‘If you don’t leave now, I’m going to arrest you.’ So he arrested me.”
Hammond was handcuffed at Promise’s school.
The Lake Washington School District responded to the incident and said five students violated the dress code.
“Students were clearly informed about the dress code for the dance and warned they would have to wear a wrap or coat if they violated it,” said Kathryn Reith of the Lake Washington School District. “We have a clear visitor policy and expect parents to cooperate with it.”
Hammond was arrested for criminal trespass, and will be meeting with the Lake Washington School District on Monday. She wants them to apologize to her daughter.