High school student was called out by school for not wearing a bra
Today in completely infuriating news, a high school student was pulled out of class because she wasn’t wearing a bra. Administrators thought her lack of chest support was too “distracting” and she was asked to put bandaids on her nipples. Freaking bandaids. File this under insane and so, so inappropriate.
Lizzy Martinez headed to school last Friday wearing a long-sleeved grey t-shirt and no bra. By fifth period, the 17-year-old had been pulled out of class and sent to the dean’s office because, she told Buzzfeed News, her braless chest was deemed too “distracting.” She was then asked to put on another shirt, on top of the one she was already wearing.
“They had me put on a second shirt and then stand up and, like, move and jump around to see how much my breasts moved,” Martinez said. “I was mortified.”
Are you already fuming? There’s more. Martinez was then sent to the nurse’s office, where she was given four bandaids to place on her nipples. It really seems like this school was going to great lengths to not disrupt all the poor high school boys who might notice that Martinez chose not to wear a bra that day. Oh yeah, and let’s make a young woman feel self-conscious about her body while we’re at it.
Meanwhile, Martinez took to Twitter to share her story. She also aptly explained that her school seems to believe that “boys’ education is far more important than [hers].”
Unsurprisingly, the Twitterverse was super, super pissed.
So, how did the powers that be respond to all this? Well, the school district’s general counsel, Mitchell Teitelbaum, admitted that the situation wasn’t handled properly.
“This matter was brought to the attention of the Superintendent’s Office for review,” he said, per NBC News. “It is undisputed that this matter should have been handled differently at the school level and corrective measures have been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the way these matters will be addressed in the future.”
It’s also worth pointing out that the official school dress code says nothing about wearing a bra.
Also worth mentioning? Her school blocked her from their Twitter account. Who are the adults here again?
Here’s hoping that something like this never, ever happens again. Also, maybe, just maybe, teachers will start calling out high school boys who are laughing at nipples, instead of the high school girl who just didn’t feel like wearing an exhaustingly binding undergarment that day.