An angry dad tore his children’s school board off a strip when he peeled off his shirt to reveal a spaghetti-strapped bralette in a protest over their new pupil dress code.
The board – which runs 16 Arizona elementary and high schools – was backing a more relaxed code taking away earlier restrictions on what can pupils wear.
So at a meeting to vote on the code, furious dad Ira Latham stripped down to show other parents just what the changes could mean.
As well as the bralette, he showed off a pair of skin-tight bottom skimming shorts.
He said: “As a dad that’s very concerned about my children as well as everyone else’s kids in the district, I wanted to make a clear argument.”
The former policy, which had not been updated for more than two decades, would not let a student expose their chest, abdomen or midriff.
Now the updated version only restricts students from showing off their underwear.
Ira told the meeting in Gilbert, Arizona, USA, on 20th September: “Before they had some guidance.
“But now they have no guidance. It’s just, ‘Kids, cover your underwear’.”
And as he showed off his own new look he said: “Now if you ask me it’s inappropriate for a board meeting.
“If you have a dress code policy that allows this in a classroom it does not promote a safe classroom environment as well as limits the amount of distractions in the classroom.
“I can’t think of any place of work where I can walk in and be taken seriously in something like this.”
Ira – who has four children in the board’s schools – took to Facebook to carry on the protest.
He said: “Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at the Higley Unified School District board meeting, during which they implemented significant changes to the dress code.
“The new policy is quite minimalist, akin to a public pool dress code, rather than one suited for an educational environment.
“Its primary focus is on preventing underwear exposure and banning see-through clothing.”
But his stunt apparently backfired, reports local media.
An early board vote before Ira’s strip went 3-2 against the new code, but after he had taken off his shirt a final vote swung 2-3 the other way.
Board member Anna Van Hoek, who voted against the new code, said “The fact that we have adults advocating for children to have less clothing on is absurd to me.
“I think it’s doing these kids a disservice by allowing them to be able to wear whatever they want to school.”
Board president Tiffany Shultz defended the change saying: “We want teachers to be teaching and not having to waste time measuring a girl’s shirt or making a girl feel uncomfortable.”