Elected positions restored to students stripped of titles for wearing spaghetti-strap dresses

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two students who had their National Honor Society leadership positions revoked after they wore sundresses to give their election speeches will have their positions restored.

“I’ll go places and they’ll say oh, you’re the girl with the shoulders,” Fort Myers High School student Cameron Boland said. “You’re the girl with the spaghetti straps.”

Boland and another student gave their election speeches at Ida Baker High School which has a strict “no spaghetti-strap policy.” Even though Boland won the election the NHS historian position, and the other girl won for the NHS president position, they were both stripped of their titles because they were wearing spaghetti-strap sundresses.

“If I’d known this was a big issue, I wouldn’t have gone the way I did,” Boland said. “I had a jacket with me, it was an easy solve.”

Boland turned to social media and the press to tell what happened.  The girls’ story grew wings and spread across the world.

The little Lee County School District NHS election story got so big, the school district’s superintendent had to get involved.

“You may be unhappy with my perspective, but the media entertained this and that’s what made it big.” LCSD superintendent Nancy Graham said. “Not just the local media; and when the media entertains things it gets attention and the media had one version of the story.”

Graham restored the titles to the girls on Thursday who will now serve as co-historian and co-president along with the students selected to take their places.

The superintendent says this was the best resolution possible.

“I’m still going to wear sundresses and show my shoulders,” Boland said. “This is not going to stop me.”

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