A South Carolina public high school principal told students in two separate assemblies that leggings are only permissible on size 2 or smaller students.
BRB, screaming into a pillow.
Principal Heather Taylor was recorded saying anyone that wears leggings over a size 2 can "look fat."
Taylor made the shocking statement twice in two separate assemblies at Stratford High School in South Carolina, one for ninth graders and one for tenth graders.
“I’m not a size zero and I kind of felt targeted because of my size,” Allison Veazey, a sophomore at Stratford High, told WCBD-TV.
“It was very hurtful,” she continued. “I felt like my size made me look disgusting toward someone in the clothes that I wear. I wear leggings outside of school and I wear leggings when I go and hang out with my friends, and to think that someone would think that I look like a stuffed sausage — that was kind of hurtful.”
Taylor's statement has nothing to do with dress code violations or even "distracting boys."
Schools around the country instill dress codes to "protect boys" and shame girls for doing something as simple as, you know, HAVING A BODY.
Taylor's statement didn't bring up any of that. Instead, it pushed a bullshit body standard on teenage girls who are struggling to find their body confidence in a world that places a premium on thinness.
Additionally, Taylor is in a position of being a role model to the students she oversees. Her body-shaming and wholly inappropriate comments teach young women that the most important thing a girl can do when getting dressed to go to school is make sure that she won't be perceived as "fat."
According to a local mom, Taylor has yet to take back her comments.
When the mother of a junior at Stratford High reached out, all Taylor did was point out her own irrelevant opinion.
"While going over the dress code — instead of simply stating that the district prohibits leggings — she states she told the girls that although they may have been able to get away with wearing leggings in middle school while they had no figure, that now that they are not a size zero or two, and have curves, that leggings are not flattering. She brought size and her own opinion into it, and admitted that she said it," the student's mother said in a Facebook post.
Taylor has offered to apologize to the students in the eleventh and twelfth grade, as well as ask the students in the ninth and tenth grade back and apologize to them in a new assembly.