Michelle Cline: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Michelle Cline. (Hickory Ridge High School)

A North Carolina high school principal has sparked anger on social media and in her community after suspending an honor roll student for the rest of her senior year and barring her from graduation ceremonies for violating the school’s dress code.

Michelle Cline, the principal at Hickory Ridge High School in Harrisburg, suspended the teen, Summer, after an incident last week, the girl and her mother told WCNC-TV.

Summer, who has a 4.4 GPA and is headed to a major university on a full scholarship, is now worried her future might be in jeopardy, after the disciplinary action.

She told the news station she was wearing a green shirt that “rests just off the tops of her shoulders and exposes her collarbone,” according to WCNC. Cline told Summer she was violating the school’s dress code and eventually sent her home after a back and forth between the administrator and the student.

After Summer took her story to the local news station, many on social media took her side, leading to backlash against Cline. The school district has declined to comment about the issue, but did provide a copy of the dress code, which “specifically, prohibits students from wearing off-the-shoulder shirts,” to WCNC.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Cline Called for the School Resource Officer, Who Summer Says Had His Hand on His Gun, While the Principal Threatened to Have Her Arrested

Summer told WCNC-TV the incident leading to her suspension occurred on May 17. She was in the cafeteria eating lunch when she was approached by the principal, Michelle Cline, who asked her if she had a jacket.

According to the suspension notice Summer’s family gave to the news station, Summer responded to the principal, “I think my shirt is fine.” Cline then told her that the teen’s lower back was “completely exposed,” and she was not in compliance with the dress code, and Summer again said, “My shirt is fine.”

Summer told the news station she didn’t have a jacket, but borrowed one from a friend. But she said the principal told her she would still need to go to the office to change her clothes.

“I pulled it up, put the jacket over it, zipped up the jacket,” Summer told the news station. “I completely understand why a dress code is put into place but I feel like after I put on that jacket it should have been subdued.”

According to Summer, she then went to the auditorium after the lunch period ended, and the principal followed her and kicked everyone else out of the room. She also brought the school resource officer.

“[The SRO] was within five feet of me, he had his hand on his gun. [The principal] said ‘I’m gonna give you an ultimatum. We have tried to call your mother. You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you,” Summer told the news station.

Cline told the principal to arrest Summer, but her mother then called and the arrest did not happen. Summer was instead suspended for 10 days and barred from participating in any school activities, including graduation. She told the news station Cline is still considering expelling her. Summer’s mother is planning to appeal the suspension and any other disciplinary actions, according to the news station.


2. Summer Says She Was Suspended for ‘Insubordination’ & Claims She Had Many Issues With Cline During Her 4 Years at the School

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Michelle Cline. (Facebook)

Summer told WCNC-TV that the dress code incident and suspension was the latest in a series of issues between her and Cline over the four years she has been at the high school.

According to Summer, the tension reached a point where her mother told authorities to contact her before taking any disciplinary action.

Summer said she was suspended for “insubordination,” according to her disciplinary notice.

“It’s just sad because I worked so hard for four years to walk across that stage,” Summer told WCNC. “We have drug dealers walking across that stage, we have sex offenders walking across that stage and then the 4.4 student who showed her shoulders can’t.”

“This is my life, I’m on a pre-med track,” Summer told the news station. “A full ride means so much and that is on the line right now.”


3. 45 Students Were Sent to the Principal’s Office Earlier in the Year for Wearing Leggings With Shirts Cline Said Were Too Short

The incident is not the first time that the dress code at Hickory Ridge High School has made the news this year. In September, 45 students were sent to Principal Michelle Cline’s office because they were wearing leggings with shirts deemed to be too short, the Cabarrus County Independent Tribune reported.

The female students were sent to the office to have the length of their shirts measured, according to the newspaper.

“Hickory Ridge High School’s dress code guidelines are not new. The guidelines are included in the school’s student handbook. There is an item which addresses leggings,” Cabarrus County school district spokesperson Ronnye Boone told the newspaper. “Students are allowed to wear them as long as the shirt they wear is the length of their extended fingertips.”

A new policy was put in place regarding leggings in February, according to a post from a student newspaper.

“The new clear-cut policy starts Monday, February 27th. Once it begins you will be sent to the office if you are not wearing a long enough shirt,” the post said. “Additionally, you will either be sent home, given a longer top or detained in a private classroom for the rest of the day to make sure your outfit does not distract other students. To stay out of trouble, student’s shirts must be longer than fingertip length. ”

Cline has several “administrative responsibilities” in her role as principal, according to the school’s website, including “preparing for and monitoring the School Improvement Plan and student achievement,” “supervision” and “dress code.”

In March, she wrote a blog post about how she dealt with protests over a police shooting in Charlotte in October 2016:

After the police shootings of African-American males and the riots/protests that occurred in many major cities including Charlotte, NC, back in October 2016, one of my students posted on social media that they were going to protest on Monday during our lunch/intervention block by laying down in the middle of the lobby area. The post also explained “they can’t suspend us for protesting.” When I saw this post Friday night, I experienced a variety of feelings. The first feeling I had was concern for school safety—the safety of these students as well as the rest of the students at the school. My next concern was that I had students who felt passionately that they needed to be heard. My third feeling was how could I help them be and feel heard?

The words that struck me the most were “laying down,” “lunch time,” and “lobby.” These words resonated with me because I know that at lunch time, 1700 students must pass through my school’s lobby area to get anywhere—and it’s the only way to get to the cafeteria. Therefore, I realized that having a protest, regardless of how peaceful or how violent, that involved students laying down in this area was not safe. Knowing that I did not want to squelch my students’ needs to be heard or their civic responsibility, I was very conflicted on how to prevent this from happening without verbally prohibiting the protest. On Monday morning, I met with the student who seemed responsible for the post, and I tried to talk with him about other options for protests that were more safe. After meeting with 4 different students, who were the alleged leaders of the protest, I still couldn’t get any sense of passion, concern or leadership from any of them. These individuals didn’t seem like students who wanted to lead a movement. Because I was still afraid that a possible protest, which could lead to a grave safety risk and a substantial disruption, I changed our schedule for the day. Rather than observing the common lunch/intervention block schedule which leads to all 1700 students being free at one time, we observed our traditional schedule, in which there are 4 lunches, which students go to by 3rd period classes and during which all students must be in the cafeteria. Essentially, I eliminated the opportunity for such a protest to occur.

Two days later, I brought in an African-American speaker, who is a former lawyer and FBI agent to speak to my students about his own experiences and the recent police shootings and cases. He also gave the students an opportunity to ask their questions and share their concerns. All students were invited to attend this assembly; approximately 200 attended. At the time, I felt somewhat comforted in my thought that I had not answered my students’ concerns with silence, and that I had given them a type of outlet for their voices. Yet, I am still a little haunted by my fear that I took the easy way out—that by giving them my assembly option, I suppressed and marginalized their option, which is unfortunately, the issue that led to their need to protest in the first place.

She wrote, “In light of Tinker v. Des Moines, I did not violate these students’ Freedom of Speech because I did not formally prohibit the protest.”

You can read the full post here.


4. She Has Previously Worked as a Teacher & an Assistant Principal in the District

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Michelle Cline. (Facebook)

Cline, 44, whose maiden name is Michelle Rinehardt, has worked as a teacher and administrator in North Carolina for several years. She is originally from Concord, according to the Salisbury Post.

She studied English at Catawba College in Salisbury, and then earned her master’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also has a master’s degree in educational leadership from Wingate University.

Cline has been teaching since 1997. She won the Rowan County Teacher of the Year Award in 2001 and was also the Salisbury High School Teacher of the Year. She was also named a Time Warner Cable Star Teacher three times and was picked as the Coca Cola Educator of Distinction in the district in 2000, according to the Salisbury Post.

Before becoming the principal at Hickory Ridge High School, Cline was an assistant principal at Jay M. Robinson High School, also in the Cabarrus County School District, from 2010 to 2011, and an assistant principal at Hickory Ridge from 2012 to 2013.

She has also worked at the UNC Charlotte Writing Project and as an adjunct professor at Catawba College, the Salisbury Post reported.


5. Angry Social Media Users Have Been Calling & Sending Emails to Cline & School District Officials, With Some Calling for Her to be Fired

Angry social media users have posted on Twitter and Facebook that they have been calling Michelle Cline’s office and sending her emails throughout the weekend. Calls demanding the disciplinary action be reversed have also been sent to Cabarrus County School Disrtict officials, including Superintendent Chris Lowder, and school board members. Many tweets have also been directed at accounts belonging to the school and officials.

Some are calling for Cline to be fired.

“I demand the immediate dismissal of Michelle Cline. I fully believe that when she threatened Summer with arrest, she knew that a student could not be arrested for violating the dress code. That being the case, Ms. Cline actually DID commit a crime. It is against the law for someone in a position of power to make what they know are frivolous legal threats against someone under their purview,” wrote Charlotte Townsend on Twitter.

“Appalling behavior. I look forward to the termination of Michelle Cline and the reinstatement of the young woman you suspended,” another Twitter user posted, directing the tweet at the school district’s account.

Another wrote, “Michelle cline deserves to have the same effect on her career that she placed on that students future.”

https://twitter.com/EniolaHu/status/866417885307994112

The story began to go viral after this string of tweets.

Several people posted screenshots of the emails sent to the principal and school district officials.

(Twitter)

One former student took to Facebook to express her anger. “This. This honestly infuriates me. As a former student who has witnessed Michelle Cline’s power tripping I can honestly say this is probably the worst. We are talking about a girl and A SHIRT,” Riley Alexandra Scott wrote:

The problem with conservative ‘rules are rules’ ‘you parents are bad at parenting and I’m so good at it because modesty is taught in my home’ is that you refuse too listen too your children and see what is going on in their community. YOU are not seeing the bigger picture here. This student with a highly commendable 4.4 GPA is not walking at her graduation (FOR A SHIRT AND WAITING FOR HER MOTHER) when SEVERAL drug dealers who have ruined families and other students will throw their caps up in the air while they are enlightened that they made It through high school without going to prison.

I do know this girl and I doubt she was giving any real trouble. Michelle Cline is upset that she is being exposed to her student body as anything less than professional when that is what she is. The inequality in the school baffles me. From choosing who she’s wants to target for dress code, which athlete’s grades she wants to change, or which athletes she will let bypass the rules after getting hammered at prom because she wants a state championship. But that only applies to football players and not softball players as I witnessed scholarships and futures being stripped away from the young ladies when the boys were found under the next season’s Friday night lights. I GUARANTEE you there were several students in that area dressed considerably inappropriate. If there was consistency it would make sense, but there never is and it is ridiculous .

This lady does not care about her students which infuriates me as a future educator. She had problems when she was just a teacher at the school so I don’t understand why anyone thought it would be a good idea to put her in authority. When the majority of the student body doesn’t respect you, it is because you have let them down in several ways and you come across as a joke. We are talking about a lady dress coding students while there are highly inappropriate photos of her floating through her student body.

This is why I believe so many students are upset and fed up with this school. So parents don’t be so quick to judge because this is the environment that your children are getting their education is. Students who are so undeserving are about to walk across the stage on June 10th while this young lady is going to have to figure out if she can even still go to college. I hurt so deeply for this girl and really wish there was something that I could do about this.

Cline, the school district’s superintendent and school board members could not immediately be reached for comment. The district and high school have not put out a statement or commented about the suspension.

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85 Comments

Anonymous

Oh boo who…..supposed to be smart but can’t follow the rules? Wait till the real world bites your ass.

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Anonymous

Hate to break it to you, there are no dress codes in the real world

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JOHN MAYOR...

Ha, ha, ha!… and I suppose YOU do! I think your “work” is trolling!
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If memory serves me correct, MR. POTUS has “donated” his efforts!… but– frankly!– the “expense” of his gig, is not worth the “free service”!
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Please!… no emails!

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Fridays!

No dress codes in the real world? Christ, must be nice working in an office on Jupiter, space cadet.

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Nonya

I’ve been a software engineer for over 15 years, no one tells me what I can and can’t wear to work. If I showed up naked, that would be one thing. The specific shirt that caused all this? Absolutely not; any of my female coworkers could wear a shirt like that to work any day of the week.

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Shannon

You do know that there ARE dress codes in the real world, right? I mean, you do actually know that?

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Jeraldine Eason

look again oh blind one, the rule is no off the shoulder if you can not tell that it was Not off the shoulder then you are as blind as the power mad principal.

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Shannon

I saw nothing wrong with the shirt. It was showing her collarbones, but most shirts, unless they are buttoned to the neck will show some part of the collarbone. The shirt was not off the shoulder, but is the type that could be worn that way if desired. The principal told her to put on a jacket and she DID which should have quashed it all but for some reason, it did not.

Now, if you look at the principal’s school photo, you will see that the shirt she is wearing shows her collarbones and is sleeveless which means both of her shoulders are exposed. How is that okay for her but considered a violation of the dress code for everyone else?

I’m not saying this kid doesn’t have an attitude, especially with four years worth of conflict with the principal, I’d find it hard to believe that it was all the principals fault. However, when it is all said and done I think the principle is just a miserable, jealous woman. You’d have to be to threaten to take action on a student that could hurt her future and scholarship offers all because of a shirt.

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Anonymous

i was going to say the exact thing concerning the principles shirt in the picture. The principle is actually revealing more cleavage and skin than the young lady. I agree that she should have left it alone once the young lady put on the jacket. is this how we honor students that try to excel despite the odds of selling drugs on the street and wearing pants hanging off the but. We take it out on students that are getting ready to step in an imperfect world that already sends the wrong signal that we can walk around naked and even on stage as entertainers and that’s okay. we are confusing these children on a daily basis as to what we will accept. Don’t get me started that the President of the United States can talk about grabbing young woman by the private parts… Who suspended himmmm. This country has lost it… That young lady deserves to walk and graduate..

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reggie

You don’t deserve to open your mouth, idiot. I bet you’re not even an american. To sum you up, you’re worth less than 0 in my book.

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Robert Morris

Reggie, what book are you talking about exactly? I don’t see anyone here looking for it, probably because it’s ACTUALLY worthless…if you know what that means. You do, don’t you…? I hope so, it’d be a little hypocritical since you’re most likely illiterate. You, have a book? For what…a paperweight? OR! Is this the book where you stash all of the photos you’ve taken of your cousin.

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reggie

You don’t deserve to open your mouth, idiot. I bet you’re not even an american. To sum you up, you’re worth less than 0 in my book.

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Davis

You’re a bot…stay a bot. America was built by leaders and mavericks, not groveling boot licking lemmings named “anonymous”. Stay anonymous.

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Anonymous

Leaders is the correct word we haven’t had a LEADER in a long time!!! Just people taking up space!!! It is a big difference and oh yes very American and ashamed of what we stand for today!! Our children are lost because the adults are lost.., What we should consider important we demolish.,. The Village has failed to raise the children unless some one decides they want to care for the day.. Look at TV you want what you covet unless you have self control… The grown ups can’t get pissed off at the kids when they show them the wrong way on the daily basis but then say don’t do what you see us do.

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Robert Morris

Shit. That was meant for the assholes above you. You’re cool anonymous.

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Ha

I work in a corporate law firm that makes millions, guess what, we all have shoulders, collar bones, backs, legs, arms and we show them! So six figure salary, yeah bite that!

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cutitout

I highly doubt this girl would be threatened with JAIL for wearing this top in “the real world”……

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James

I can guarantee that anyone who’s okay with this 4.4 student getting her future ruined (hopefully not) are those dumb conservative loud mouth Tr*mp voters. I wish you’d all just vanish into thin air.

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Jack

Future ruined? Are you retarded son? She KNEW this was going to happen, that’s why she wore it in the first place. Then she would call the left loons at the media, and get all you snowflakes and social justice warriors worked up, and get her publicity along with 15 minutes of fame, and probably will get a scholarship offer from Columbia or some other university communist breeding ground because of it. You can wish for decent Americans and Christians to “vanish” into thin air all you want, but it won’t happen boy, and you’re too gutless to do anything about it personally. The days of the progressives and the communists and other enemies of America are coming to an end. I suggest you look to Indonesia in ’65 or Argentina in ’78 to see what type of fate awaits the internationalists.

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Nightmask

More like are you retarded, because you’d have to be to make the arguments you’re making. No sane person would think ‘have bare shoulders in violation of dress code’ means ‘get threatened with being arrested when no law exists to arrest her under for that, expelled, and lose scholarship as well’. Which in believing that makes you quite the loon as well. Seriously, YOU are an enemy of America with your attitude and supporting ruining a girl’s bright future as a much needed medical practitioner over something as ridiculous as some bared shoulders and collarbones.

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Liz

I don’t care that she may have violated a dress code. She covered up with a jacket and the threatening behavior from this principal was out of hand, and jeopardizing a senior student’s future over a SHIRT is appalling! That is NOT a real world consequence anywhere! And not over THAT level of shoulder sharing. I am sorry, but you are PATHETIC and stupid. And part of the PROBLEM in our sexist, abusive society. Idiot.

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fishboy

probably a last chance to stick it to a kid who is young, pretty, bright and has a promising life ahead of her, while she is a bitter, petty, frustrated autocrat/glorified baby sitter…

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Jack

Or it could be an attention whore looking to get publicity by knowingly breaking the rules and cause grief for a decent person just doing their job. Hey, don’t get me wrong, I think the dress code is a little on the stuffy side, but those are the rules, and she knew she was breaking them when she wore it. As is with most “stories”, I’m sure there is more to this story then is being told. Heck, I broke many of my high school rules and they suspended me indefinitely and I never went back. But instead of looking for attention, I got a job and eventually owned my own company and was able to retire in my 40’s after getting lucky with some investments. If she’s as bright as she claims, she’ll do just fine in this world, and if she wants to push the envelope, she better be prepared for consequences.

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Raven

How do you know that she knew she was breaking the rules? The shirt as seen in the photo is NOT actually ‘off the shoulders’…looks fine to me. But then she DID cover up. .It should have stopped there. I see this as a case of standing up to a bully.

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Dennis

Looks like the “real world” is biting Michelle Cline in her ass right now. In the end, the “smart” lawyers that do follow the legal “rules” will be doing their biting one chomp at a time.

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Raven

She covered up after being asked to change – should have been enough. What we learn from this is that positions of power can turn flawed, weak people into bullies. It has little to do with ‘the rules’, and everything to do with bullying.

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JOHN MAYOR...

School Dress Codes violate the U.S. Constitution!… and “State Constitutions” don’t override the U.S. Constitution! The ACLU should embark upon a NATIONWIDE CHALLENGE of Dress Code Provisions!… and let the U.S. Supreme Court decide on who gets to where what!
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Please!… no emails!

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JOHN MAYOR...

P.S.: My apologies to Ms Cline!… it’s “…WEAR what…”!
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Please!… no emails!

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Dawn Hiller

Unfortunately they listen to CLine I I feel abuses her position. She should be fired for what she did to my special ed and special needs child. She disgusts me!!

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Jeraldine Eason

Sounds to me like the women is just plain jealous of young beautiful girls. Probably has the hots for the boys who think she is an old dog. Disgusting abuse of power.

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Anonymous

Absolutely! You said it perfectly! Jealousy over these young girls is the problem! Teachers dress like hoes because they wish they were a teen again. But they don’t get in trouble! Cline bullied my daughter! Laughing and talking crap about her right in front of her til she was in tears! She needs to be arrested! What kind of monster does this to a young impressionable girl?! That school does not build your spirit… it breaks them down😡

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Anonymous

This is not the first or last time this has occurred with this principal. If a student gets on her “bad side” for whatever reason,mrs cline goes out of her way to find any reason to break out the rule book and attack the student. She enforces rules that have not been enforced for years and dress codes students for any possible thing. Students and families have not complained enough because the students that she goes after are students that normally have not experienced any discipline actions throughout their school years and just want to get through to the end without encountering this woman. They know that if complaints are made or their parents get involved it will get worse for them at school and all they want is to graduate and put this place in their rear mirror. This is a high performing school – NOT because of the Principal but in spite of her. It is the students that perform well due to the demographics that feed this school.

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Sam Stewart

Don’t much care much about this story except I know Summer has a huge fukkin rack…

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JC

Summer, at this point I am trying to understand why you need so much attention – something else in your life must be pushing you to act out.

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ssherman

This is an excessive consequence for this infraction. One day would have been sufficient. This infraction does not warrant missing all senior-level activities for which this student, obviously has earned the right to attend unless this was a vendetta against the student. Summer is on her way out the door. It did not justify this sanction. Different schools have different dress codes but as an administrator, this was excessive. If you would read other posts and do your research, you will see that the principal has a hangup with female apparel (i.e. leggings). This substantiates a punitive mentality. Sorry, there are many educators/teachers who wear leggings without penalties. The bottom line for an educator is: does the penalty fit the offense-NO. Summer did try to correct the behavior which is what we would ask of any adult; yet, that was not good enough for the punitive-minded principal. She needs PD on cultural responsiveness.

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john adams

This is a problem that can still be solved satisfactorily by compromise. I wonder if the parties involved are smart enough to do it.

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V. W. Shirt

I like how the shirt was so carefully posed to look so modest and appropriate. I wear those shirts with other shirts underneath. Unless she used an entire roll of fabric tape, you know that shirt was hanging off of her all over the place. I also like how when she recounted the story she spoke in such polite terms. Do you really believe it went down like that? LOL

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bob

Thanks, but I think I’ll believe the well spoken student with a 4.4 GPA over your twisted little imagination.

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Steve

It’s a little unfair because the principal is barred from giving her side of the story.

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bob

How is she “barred”?

“Cline, the school district’s superintendent and school board members could not immediately be reached for comment. The district and high school have not put out a statement or commented about the suspension.”

Reading comprehension is good.

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Funny Rich

Really? 10 day suspension? Just because the girl has a 4.4 GPA, doesn’t mean she couldn’t be a wee bit arrogant and spoiled. Hand on gun …. arrest her? Come on. Teenagers can be a PITA, but it “appears” like Ms. Cline is a pinheaded, narrow-minded authoritarian, who challenges rebellious students to a dual. Dunno … wasn’t there … don’t have all the facts. Time out. Let the dust settle and the kid graduate. She will move on and Ms. Cline can save her energy for a new throng of students who will test her patience to the limit.

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cutitout

Hopefully people will make life very hard for this lady so she will quit or become such a distraction that she will be removed. She clearly has some issues. If she asked the girl to put on a jacket and she put on a jacket then that should have been the end of it. There is a such thing as choosing your battles, this shirt should not have been a battle, if it hung too low off the shoulders it could have easily been manipulated to cover them and all that was necessary was to tell ker to pull it up a bit. This woman has made national news over nothing and she needs to be replaced.

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Robert Lindey

….”This woman has made national news.” This is probably what Rinehardt-Cline wants. Look at how someone best-known for being a half-term governor and a losing VP-Candidate was able to grab daily headlines for almost a decade. Also, this person was mother of a woman best-known preaching—-but not practicing—the virtues of abstinence.

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Maggy Cotherman

If you were to start a petition with Change I would sign it to get this Cline fired. She has inserted herself repeatedly into a young woman’s life, causing disruption, to get attention for herself. And threatening to have the student arrested for not disrobing in front of her, is criminal. She needs to go.

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dv727

Power-drunk “administrator” who wouldn’t know common sense if it bit her. BTW, Mickey, I believe YOUR shoulders are revealed in one or more of YOUR photos. Hypocrisy much??

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Anonymous

I THINK A 10 DAY SUSPENSION AND NOT ALLOWING THE GIRL TO PARTICIPATE IN HER GRADUATION IS AN EXCESSIVE PUNISHMENT. IT DOES CLEARLY STATE IN THE DRESS CODE THAT OFF THE SHOULDER SHIRTS ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED. I ALSO NOTICED PRINICPAL DID NOT FOLLOW THERE OWN RULES.

1. WARNING – CHANGE OF ATTIRE & PARENT CONTACTED
2. SATURDAY SCHOOL – CHANGE OF ATTIRE & PARENT CONTACTED
3. 1 DAY OF ISS (IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION)
4. 1 DAY OF OSS
5. 2 DAYS OF OSS
6. ADMINISTRATION DISCRETION

6TH AS IN 6TH WARNING……

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Eugene Smith

There is one photo above in the article of Mrs. Cline standing with a fellow in a graduation robe (I guess) and she is showing a lot more skin (shoulders AND CLEAVAGE) than the young girl was. If the dress code is so important, why does Mrs. Cline not live by it?

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Reed

So, if the student would have followed the rules, she would be walking for graduation. Consequences. Welcome to the “Real World”.

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bob

Poor Reed can’t read. Perhaps he flunked out of school for breaking the ignorance-rule.

THE RULES:
1. WARNING – CHANGE OF ATTIRE & PARENT CONTACTED
2. SATURDAY SCHOOL – CHANGE OF ATTIRE & PARENT CONTACTED
3. 1 DAY OF ISS (IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION)
4. 1 DAY OF OSS
5. 2 DAYS OF OSS
6. ADMINISTRATION DISCRETION

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Nightmask

Where exactly did you get confused and think what the principal did was actually an appropriate response to the situation? Nowhere does it say ‘break a minor clothing rule get threatened with arrest for a non-crime AFTER complying with a request to wear a jacket, expelled, robbed of going to graduation, and college scholarship threatened’. Stop defending the principal because her actions are indefensible.

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Alice

I notice in the principals’ own published photographs that HER collar bone is showing… perhaps, along with being dismissed with prejudice, she also needs glasses – and a psychiatric evaluation. Maybe anger management (;and classes on how to be an adult; and to deal with discipline in a non-judgemental, non-combative, non-abusive manner; and abuse of power; how to avoid lawsuits; how to avoid the ugly backstabbing actions of jealousy; and anti-bullying; and the purviews of her own job description would be wonderful reading material for her to continue her own stunted education). She might need a lawyer. A ball busting ugly dumb one that she won’t be jealous of, that is.

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fishboy

Burkkas for all the young temptresses!!!! – I’ve seen a lot less modest clothing choices.

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Anonymous

“Cline told the principal to arrest Summer, but her mother then called and the arrest did not happen. Summer was instead suspended for 10 days and barred from participating in any school activities, including graduation. She told the news station Cline is still considering expelling her. Summer’s mother is planning to appeal the suspension and any other disciplinary actions, according to the news station.”

Mistake in the first sentence here. Cline is the principal. So what, she told herself to arrest Summer? Pretty sure it should say ‘officer.’

Christ sake, get an editor.

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Mattmark

Funny… more of Ms. Cline’s shoulders are visible in the photo above than of Summer’s.

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Lucius Severus Pertinax

Poor girl.. It is unfortunate she did not have the presence of mind to tell that (obviously) cast-iron b–ch-
“You want to arrest me? Go head! But before you do, perhaps you should ask yourself: “Do I really NEED the PR s–tstorm that will certainly follow? You will be FAMOUS! And NOT in a good way! AND make some people that maybe ain’t wrapped too tight REALLY not like you! Maybe you should think about that…b–ch!”

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David Christie

The parents need to drag this no good filthy bitch and the school through every court in he state for child abuse. It’s bad enough when a kid has to endure a psychopathic bully in their peer group. But it’s absolutely devastating to be the victim of a psychopathic bully in a position of power and authority over them. There is one lesson here. Just because someone is in a position of authority, it doesn’t make them any less of a no-good, crawling cockroach, They’re just a no-good crawling cockroach with power. I went to an elitist prep school as a kid where we had to wear a school uniform. They would send me home for wearing a tie that was too colorful or having my hair over my collar..It taught me the same lessons. When I think back to those days, I still want to get my hands around their throats. This is child abuse. It leaves serious scars. The psycho-bitch Cline needs to be the one who is punished.. not the student.

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John

There is an hypocrisy going on with regards to dress codes and schools. Schools encourage pep rallies which take place in school hours which routinely have the cheerleaders wearing outfits that do not conform to the dress code. In fact they are often encouraged by the administration to wear these outfits. I would be interested if at any time during this last academic year the school in question has encouraged cheerleaders to wear their uniform during the school day and in class. If so that I humbly would suggest that is in fact the administration deciding that the dress code is irrelevant. Therefore how can they choose to selectively punish some students and not others. I am not suggesting that cheerleaders or athletic uniforms have to comply with a dress code, impractical for the swim team. What I am saying is these uniforms if they are non compliant with dress code should never be encouraged to be worn during regular school hours by the school administration and if they are the punishment should be identical to the student who has an off the shoulder top. If there is an instance they do encourage non-compliant uniforms then that should make the dress code null and void so as to not discriminate against those students who are punished for non compliance.

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Anonymous

This is just one more example of an exaggerated and cherry picked dispute being falsely represented as news with an intentionally misleading headline. This punishment had absolutely nothing to do with the dress code. It simply started with a dress code issue. This punishment addresses blatant disrespect of authority which is a growing issue in our school system, not to mention the rest of our society. Once the student realized she had caused things to escalate to a point out of her control, she invited the biggest bullies she could find to help with her desperate attempt to fix her mistake. Those bullies are known as Social Media and The News. I am of the opinion; Cabarrus County Schools should hold their ground and not fold under these current day bullying tactics.

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Robert Morris

You apparently didn’t read the part where Summer complied with the demands to put on a jacket as told, AND! That her shirt was not “off the shoulders”.

Thus, this was abuse of power, seeing that the student actually did have the respect to follow demands that were clearly not justified.

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Nightmask

No the punishment doesn’t address that at all and you’re clearly delusional or deliberately ignoring what actually happened because the student didn’t escalate things the principal did. When the principal said ‘put on a jacket to cover up that shirt’ and the girl complied that should have been it, that was an appropriate response. Inform the student of the dress code violation, give her the chance to correct it, student does, end of issue. Except that it wasn’t the end of the issue. The PRINCIPAL then followed the student elsewhere, cleared the entire room out and brought in an armed officer to threaten the girl with arrest even though the girl had committed no crimes (no, insubordination is not a crime, nor is violating the dress code) and therefor had no authority to threaten the girl with arrest. She then escalated it even more with the suspension and everything else to the HONOR ROLL STUDENT graduating with a great GPA with a medical school scholarship due to her hard work and threatening to expel her and cost her said scholarship. So the only bully here was the principal, deliberately looking to wreck the girl’s future at the last minute like such bullies always try and do.

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Anonymous

It’s near the end of the 2016 – 2017 school year. Annual end of grade / year for over 1,700 students is either in progress or will be shortly. Graduation for 1/4th of those students is just around the corner. A student population of 1,700 students equates to somewhere between 1,700 and 3,400 parent/guardian figures who are heavily involved in their student’s education (phone calls, whining, etc.). It’s no secret parents are especially involved at “higher socioeconomic” schools. To educate and manage 1,700 students requires more than 150 staff members which includes teachers, administrative, bus drivers, guidance, custodial staff, clerical staff, coaching staff, etc. Managing 150 plus people is no easy task. Ms. Cline is responsible for all of this. There’s simply no way she would allocate any of her limited time and resources to this situation without being provoked. The math simply does not add up nor does it support the story as reported. I know it is not common, but please try to use some common sense.

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Barack Obama

Sounds like a little black student being black and annoying authorities with their unnecessary nagger behavior to me.

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Barack Obama

All the naggers come out to support her what a bunch of racist assholes

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Amy Stoudt

They need an simple dress codes for everybody not just for pupils well teachers need to follow dress codes you know female teachers are apposed to be role models ,I seen alot of female teachers way they dress a little risque ,female teachers shouldn’t dress like that either ,The young girls they imitate what they see ,Principals and teachers they should set an example how should they dress .Girls this day an age they don’t dress nice when they go to school .Way the girls dress that’s what kind of society that we live in . Mothers don’t talk to their daughters about the birds and bees .And some of the mothers dressed little risque too you know ,women and girls they don’t dress feminine anymore not like an generation ago .It’s the parents what best for their kids not schools.Getting dress starts at the home not in school,They’re dealing very intelligent young lady It takes brains to be in the honor roll and get high grades .There’s nothing wrong with that shirt so what everybody have collarbones ,When do collarbones attract the opposite sex.So what there’s some girls that big chested there’s nothing you can do about that ,That’s means she’s went through womanhood ,Somebody might of flunked sex education classes ,What about boys who wear their pants down to their hips they don’t go after them , It might be an sex code .Over course boys like girls it’s only human nature,They’re only human beings .of course boys are attracted to pretty girls it’s normal , What they what them to attract the same-sex that will be a different story ,That’s not they way she’s acted it’s the way she is treated . She should be treated like a lady that’s how she’s acted ,They should be treated like flies attract to molasses,I watch TV news how principal treated special needs kids like garbage .They can learn respect . Kids need to be respected to you. Respect Isn’t an one way street .Respect is a two-way street ,There is solutions to cover shoulders and collarbones it’s called a dickie or a turtleneck .The girl doesn’t look like an gang banger .I heard alot of stories school teachers being sexually harassed in school it isn’t about body shaming it’s dealing with common sense

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Amy Stoudt

They need an simple dress codes for everybody not just for pupils well teachers need to follow dress codesfemale teachers are apposed to be role models ,I seen alot of female teachers way they dress a little risque ,female teachers shouldn’t dress like that either teachers should show some examples

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Anthony m.

Damn! WHITE people are annoying ,complain about everything ,YOU EDOMITES are not the standard for HUMANITY and get the girl arrested for nothing,where was the police when you demons were raping,robbing and pillaging the native land .

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Form

A good day to all,

After reading the article(s), both student and principal have their rights to theirs views on what is valued as conservative rules on clothing within the school boundaries. You are in the United States of America after all, freedom to do as you please is the motto.

However, when in school boundaries, follow rules and regulations. Outside of school boundaries, different rules and regulations apply. Drug related activities are governed differently by school and law enforcement. Firing the principal for doing her assigned job is not the right path. Student being penalized (losing her future) for improper clothing is also not the right path. After all, a school is tasked to teach the right path. Rules and regulations must have some form of enforcement (a form that do not involving losing one’s future) when there is a breach.

Work out the differences. Ruining one’s future is not the right path.

The world is watching you. You are showing the world which path is the right path.

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