Eighth-grader, Samantha Wilson, didn’t know why her favorite top was a cause for concern at Irvington Middle School, but she was called into the assistant principal’s office due to her “inappropriate” crop top, reports the New York Post.
The 13-year-old said she felt shamed for her off-the-shoulder sweater from H&M that she had proudly worn to reflect her personal style.
According to the student, during her third-period science class, she was called to the office for dressing in a top that showed off her midriff and bra straps, and her high-waisted leggings were also reported to the administration. Samantha said:
“I was told it was a distraction to the boys, and that my midriff and bra strap were visible.”
The student admitted that her midriff was visible when she raised her arms but otherwise thought her shirt was just like “every other sweater.”
According to the Irvington Middle School handbook, students are not allowed to wear clothes that distract others from learning and “extremely brief garments are not permitted … including garments in which any midriff skin is easily exposed.”
Samantha got upset and cried about the violation, then texted her mother during school saying she had the “worst day ever,” reports Yahoo.
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Her assistant principal made her wear a coat over her sweater for the rest of the school day. Samatha told the Post:
“I walked into my next class trying not to cry. But I lost it and I burst into tears.”
“It felt like a personal hit on me and my clothing style.”
The student recalled the incident to her fourth-period academic lab teacher and the instructor allegedly said “‘she deserves to be'” called out for her outfit in front of her entire class.
Samantha’s mother, Jamie Wilson, and family believe the young girl didn’t do anything provocative and started a petition asking Irvington Middle School to re-evaluate its rules to create a dress code that reflects the community’s values.
Jamie wrote on the petition:
I still can’t believe that my daughter/Cyd’s sister was body-shamed today — by adults at her school. She was wearing black leggings and a sweater that at times slipped off her shoulder showing g-d forbid her bra strap and because her belly button was showing when she raised her hand.
She is an innocent 13-year-old girl who wore an outfit she felt good about. She felt good in it.
She was humiliated at school — pulled from science to discuss. She just liked the shirt and doesn’t think about what happens when she raises her hand.
Samantha’s mom said she was “so disappointed” in her daughter’s school for “objectifying young girls.” However, people responding to the dress-code backlash slammed the girl’s parents on social media. One commenter wrote:
NOT just the girls fault but it’s the parents FAULT!!
So, let me get this straight—she is now trying to CHANGE the dress code? So, she’s aware there’s a dress code, huh? So, perhaps the answer to ‘Why are they doing this to me?’ could, maybe, perhaps, be found IN that dress code she seems vaguely aware exists?
Irvington Schools Superintendent Kristopher Harrison told Yahoo in a statement that the school is addressing the dress code conflict.
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