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].”
I decided not to wear a bra today and got pulled out of class bc one of my teachers complained that it was a “distraction to boys in my class.” My school basically told me that boys’ education is far more important than mine and I should be ashamed of my body. @Manateeschools 🙂
— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 2, 2018
they said my outfit was “distracting others” lmk how a long sleeve t-shirt and jeans are distracting.. smh at body shaming if another girl with smaller boobs or a guy was wearing my t-shirt it wouldn’t have been “inappropriate”— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 3, 2018
Unsurprisingly, the Twitterverse was super, super pissed.
Liz, I'm so sorry that "adults" embarrassed you and devalued your education. We, as a society, take girls out of the classroom, shame them for their bodies, all while expecting so little from our boys and sending damaging messages to everyone. #everydaysexism #rapeculture https://t.co/4w0ioqdpZn
— Annie E. Clark (@aelizabethclark) April 9, 2018
A shocking revelation for men and women everywhere: WE ALL HAVE NIPPLES. Whew! Let's move on to more important things, like education for everyone w/nipples. https://t.co/VrYzwX3FCr
— Cara Brookins (@cmbrookins) April 7, 2018
Ridiculous that in 2018 girls get pulled out of class for boys laughing at hard nipples… teach boys to be respectful of women’s bodies. If the boys were staring at her call them out! Nipples are not sex organs, they’re just nipples! When will schools stop sexualizing girls?!? https://t.co/VwJdWapwmh
— Kinsey Huckabey (@KinseyHuck) April 9, 2018
— Caroline 🐻 (@bearpuffbooks) April 9, 2018
They should be ashamed of themselves 🤦🏽♂️— Tyler Ali (@talindplace2b) April 2, 2018
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.
For anyone making the argument that Lizzy “violated dress code”, here is an excerpt from the official 2017-2018 Manatee County dress code: pic.twitter.com/C7BUndw1nn
— sami (@samidrouin) April 10, 2018
Also worth mentioning? Her school blocked her from their Twitter account. Who are the adults here again?
*school has student put bandaids over her nipples because it is a “distraction” then blocks them for calling them out on sexualizing her* :/ pic.twitter.com/x8dEDYjh2c
— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 3, 2018
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.