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Black student's skin-coloured leggings "too racy" for school?

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 Deja Tunstull, 11, was allegedly dismissed from class for wearing a pair of brown tights too closely matched her skin tone. (KTLA-TV)

An 11-year-old California student says she was sent to the principal's office last week for wearing something deemed "too racy" for school: a pair of brown leggings.

Deja Tunstull, 11, was dismissed from class Friday by a teacher's assistant who allegedly said that the colour of her pants too closely matched her skin tone. The girl then left school out of a feeling of embarrassment.

The young honours student says that she was told the dark brown pants made her look naked.

"I felt discriminated against," Deja's mother, Yolanda Tunstill, told KTLA in Sunland, California. "I can understand if they said okay, this type of material, this type of clothing... but for you to make a remark to state because the pants were brown and to make a remark about my daughter's skin color... That was not right to me."

The Los Angeles Unified School District denies that Deja was released from class based on the colour of her tights.

Instead, they say that she violated a school policy which forbids all students from wearing tights to school, period. However school board officials also told the girl's mother that appropriate administrative action would be taken against the teaching assistant.

Tunstill is not satisfied with their explanation, and says she still plans to take legal action against the school district.

"She wears [tights] all the time, all the time," she said, showing a KTLA camera person her daughter's large collection of multi-coloured leggings. "There has never been a problem before until she wore the brown ones, and then it became a problem."

Deja returned to school Tuesday.

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