Female students are still being shamed over their choice of clothes and this is 2018.
In this day and age, it’s typical to hear stories of teenage girls being sent home from school or even punished by the administration based on their choice of clothing.
There is an ongoing battle between students and parents, parents and staff and staff and students. In this case on mom in Palm Beach County has accused the high school of sexism over her daughters ripped jeans.
“Sexism. Victim blaming. Girl shaming.”
Melissa McKinlay, annihilated Forest Hill High School for allowing a male leader to pull her daughter out of class and giving her in-school suspension simply over a pair of torn jeans.
On September 13, McKinlay posted to Facebook accusing the administrator of sexism. Stating that what a girl wears should have no impact on their ability to concentrate in school.
Dear Palm Beach County School District:
My daughter wore a pair of jeans today to school. They had a hole in the knee.
In the middle of a quiz in her IB History class, a male administrator came to classroom, told her she needed to consider the guys in her class and their hormones when choosing her wardrobe, yanked her out of class and threw her into In School Suspension for the remainder of the day. So she missed an entire day of core classes and couldn’t finish her quiz.
I’m sorry but EXCUSE ME? Perhaps she should have worn a different pair of jeans. But why should she have to worry about dressing a certain way to curtail a boy’s potential behavior? So, like, it’s her fault if the boy touches her because of what she was wearing?
A boy’s potential inability to control his hormones warrants my daughter’s inability to attend her classes today and miss valuable curriculum?”
McKinlay went on with her rant saying the school official should be suspended, adding that she acknowledges her daughter may have gone against the dress code, but her punishment was not appropriate.
“A male administrator yanked her out of a classroom because of a damn KNEE? Did he pull the boys out who were wearing shorts? They have TWO knees showing?
Sexism. Victim blaming. Girl shaming.
This Administrator should be suspended.
Here’s what the jeans look like. Did seeing this affect your ability to concentrate?
I’d like to think her intelligence & quick wit, beautiful smile and wicked sense of humor might. Her knee?
PS If she needs a lunch detention for being slightly out of dress code, so be it. But this? No. Not an appropriate response. EVER.”
The school’s principal explained that while it’s clearly expressed that “torn clothing isn’t acceptable in the dress code, a first offense only leads to a lunch detention and the student is asked to call their parents to bring over a change of clothes.”
The dress code was designed to be gender-neutral and followed equally by both sexes.
However, most of her Facebook audience applauded McKinlay for speaking out against the administrator’s actions.
“I always admire you but this is so important. Thank you for bringing this to light. It’s time to stop shaming girls out of an education on the premise of boys lacking self-control,” one woman wrote.
“Perhaps instead of making girls feel like their bodies are sex objects to be gazed upon by boys, we should be teaching boys not to treat women’s bodies as sex objects,” someone else chimed in. “Sounds like the Staff member needs some training in that Dept.”
Another added, “If a guy is truly going to get that excited over seeing a girl’s knee, he has bigger problems 🙄 This upsets me on a way deep level. I’m pretty much dumbfounded that a girl’s education is less important than pandering to the “raging hormones” of teenage boys. I can’t.”
She posted three pictures of the conversation between her and her daughter that morning for reference:
Do you think torn jeans are cause for suspension? I literally see them being sold in the store that way. Let us know your thoughts on this.