When school is in session you can always count on a crop of dress code stories and schools policing girls bodies. Most recently 17-year-old student Lizzy Martinez has been the latest to fall victim to her school’s dress code.
Last Monday Martinez attended Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida in a long sleeve dark Calvin Klein shirt without a bra on. According to Martinez during the school day, she was pulled out of class and forced to put band-aids over her nipples.
Martinez posted on Twitter what happened. She said that she got pulled out of class at a teacher’s request. The unnamed teacher complained that her being braless was a distraction to boys in the class, therefore policing her body and putting male education above her’s in one fell swoop.
According to BuzzFeed she was pulled out of her fifth-period class and brought to the dean’s office. There the dean told her that her nipples and breasts were distracting and that a boy in her class was “laughing at her.”
“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 told BuzzFeed. “I was mortified.”
After the dean made her put on a second shirt and analyze the movement of her breasts she was brought to the nurse’s office. There she was given four band-aids to put on her nipples, two for each nipple.
“They told me to cross out my nipples and I just went to the bathroom and cried,” Martinez said. “I was in shock that it was such a big deal that I wasn’t wearing a bra. Most days I don’t wear one. It depends on my mood. I’m not wearing one right now, and why should it matter?”
Since tweeting about the incident and tagging her school in the tweet, the school has blocked her.
Her mom, Kari Knop is equally as outraged. “It’s a disgusting example of a double standard and shows how our culture body-shames women. If a boy was staring at her nipples that long why was he not spoken to or punished?” she asked BuzzFeed.
Since posting about the incident on both of their social media’s the school has released a statement. Mitchell Teitelbaum, the district’s general counsel, said the situation was not handled properly but Martinez was still in violation of the dress code. BuzzFeed points out that in the school’s dress code it doesn’t specifically have a code on student’s undergarments.
What do you think about this dress code mishap?