High school is challenging for everyone — in addition to all the schoolwork, for most teens, it’s a time of emotional turmoil.
Not only do they have to deal with their own hormonal rollercoaster, they have to learn to navigate the adult world, as well. For many, this is a time of experimenting with different friends, different hobbies, and different clothing choices.
Some teens love dressing up and wake up early to put extra effort into their outfits. Others just roll out of bed and go to school.
Unfortunately, many high schools go a little bit overboard when it comes to regulating “inappropriate” clothing. Teens — usually girls, like Bailee Freeman — often get sent home because the schools think that what they’re wearing is “inappropriate” for school.
In 2015, Macy Edgerly was a senior at Orangefield High School in Orange, Texas. She went to school one day wearing a comfortable outfit, but was shocked when teachers deemed it “inappropriate” and sent her home.
Macy’s older sister, Erica, wrote about what happened to Macy (pictured right) on Facebook back in 2015, and her post instantly went viral.
Erica’s post was shared over 95,000 times on Facebook.
Erica shared an image of the supposedly offensive outfit that her teenage sister wore to school, a long color-blocked tunic and capri-length leggings.
"Today, my sister was sent home from school for wearing the clothes in the picture below.
And I’m sorry but I have to stand up for my family and for women who are degraded and judged for their bodies and clothing everyday."
"People wonder why women feel insecure about their bodies or what they wear… And it’s because you’re told your clothing is inappropriate when you’re completely fully clothed, even when you’re not showing cleavage or anything."
"How about instead of body shaming women, school systems should start teaching 15-18 year old boys to stop degrading women with their eyes and contributing to the rape culture of today’s society."
"Bottom line, girls cannot go to school in comfortable clothes THAT COVER EVERYTHING because school systems are afraid that hormonal boys won’t be able to control their eyes and minds."
"And that is such a bigger problem than worrying about clothing."
"No, I do not believe that all boys in middle school/high school degrade young women or sexualize their bodies."
"That is my point… this is not an inappropriate outfit, yet some are worried it might be seen that way, so they send girls home to change to try to avoid an issue and THAT is the problem.
"Not to mention, when you send someone home because of inappropriate clothing, you’re taking away from their education."
"So I guess it’s more important for boys to not have distractions (even when they’re aren’t any) than a woman’s education."
"When will people realize how big of an issue this really is?"