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Lansing student sent to office for outfit, family calls school's response inappropriate

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Bella Jones, 11, was wearing flowered stretch leggings and a pink sweater. The school said the outfit was too revealing. (KCTV5) Bella Jones, 11, was wearing flowered stretch leggings and a pink sweater. The school said the outfit was too revealing. (KCTV5)
LANSING, KS (KCTV) -

A Lansing Middle School student was sent to the office after school officials say she wore an inappropriate outfit. 

The mother of the student, however, says it was the district's response that was inappropriate. 

Kimberly Jones said her daughter, Bella Jones, was not allowed to call her for a change of clothes when she was sent to the office this week. 

Bella Jones, 11, was wearing flowered stretch leggings and a pink sweater. The school said the outfit was too revealing. 

Mom disagrees. 

"You can't see anything - her pants were not skin tight," she said. "They were not see through." 

Bella says the school nurse told her she could not call her mother in order to bring new clothes to school. Instead, the school provided Bella baggy sweatpants to wear. 

The school confirms to KCTV5 the nurse told Bella to put the phone away. It says this is the district's policy. 

The sweatpants were provided so that Bella could return to class immediately, rather than wait for a change of clothes.

Kimberly decided to show up anyway. 

"She broke down sobbing," Kimberly said. "She said, 'can we please move. I don’t want to be here anymore.'"

School officials maintain had Bella asked to call home, they would have allowed her to, but she never asked. 

The Jones family is a military family that just moved to Lansing.

The mother said before the school year began, she examined the school's dress code. The code before the year said leggings were not banned, though "individual evaluations" can be made. 

Following the incident, the policy was emailed out across the district.

According to the Jones family, leggings are now included in the policy.

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