Young Woman Reprimanded for Visible Tattoos at Football Game

Published 09/25 2013 06:24PM

Updated 09/25 2013 06:58PM

A Lubbock woman says the Muleshoe High School principal told her she must cover her tattoos and piercings if she wants to continue attending football games.

Mikah Stiles didn't graduate from Muleshoe High, but she still goes all of her little brother's games.

"I would go to my brother's JV games and with my tattoos showing because I'd wear shorts," Stiles says. "They would show and they never told me nothing until this year.

Now she says the school is trying to tell people they have to hide their tattoos when they come to games.

"I don't see why I should have to cover them," Stiles says. "I could understand if there was something vulgar, and they offended people. But, I have birds, butterflies, stars."

Stile and her mother say the principal called on Tuesday to inform them that visible tattoos weren't welcome at the next game.

"You know, I'm not going to argue with him, so I just said okay," according to Stiles' mother, Stephanie Geel. "So then I told Mikah and that's when it blew up. They can't tell us not to show the tattoos."

Both mother and daugther believe the school acted in the wrong.

"She's 18 years old, she's out of my control, she don't live with me, what she does is her business," Geel says.

"I'm 18, 19 next month, he shouldn't have the right to tell me I can't come up here," Stiles says. "Why doesn't he tell that to all the parents that go up there that has tattoos on their hands, their arms."

But no matter what, Stiles says she's not going to let her former high school stop her from watching her brother play football.

"Even if we have to go sit on the visitors side. We will be at every game that Muleshoe has," Stiles says.

Earlier today the Muleshoe ISD superintendent Gene Sheets said the whole scenario was a misunderstanding. He says they were misinformed that Stiles was still a student, and therefore had to follow the school's dress code at events like football games.

"It is not our intent to regulate dress code for adults," Sheets said.

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