High School Principal Body-Shamed Students Who Wear Leggings

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Dress codes are a complicated thing, especially when you’re a student. Your skirts and shorts can’t be “too short.” Your pants can’t be “too baggy.” If you’re a large-chested girl, you might be told to “cover up” while you’re wearing the same top as another girl with smaller breasts. There are instances everywhere about school administrators policing how kids dress (and sometimes even the state of their bodies—like a little boy whose hair was deemed “too long” for preschool). Sometimes, these issues escalate further. Such is this case, where a high school principal body-shamed students and said no leggings. That is, she shamed those who were above a size 2.

Heather Taylor, principal at Stratford High School in South Carolina, recently held an assembly on the subject of dress codes for her 9th and 10th grade students. At the assembly, she made some pretty inflammatory statements regarding girls wearing leggings.

How This Principal Body-Shamed Students and Said No Leggings

“I’ve told you this before, I’m going to tell you this now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat,” the principal can be heard saying in a recording that was leaked to WCBD.

As you might imagine, a lot of folks were and still are pissed at Taylor. For one thing, her remarks are incredibly unprofessional. Even in the workplace, that sort of statement would and should not fly. But then she’s also fat-shaming these young students. The message she is sending with these statements is that anyone who is of average or above-average size looks “fat” and that this is something that should be undesirable. Students don’t need to be hearing this sort of hateful garbage, especially at an age when self-esteem can be incredibly tricky and even hard to come by.

“It was really hurtful, cause I felt like my size made me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear,” said student Allison Veazy.

“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.”

Apparently, Taylor has made a Facebook post asking concerned parents to voice an opinion. Personally, I think they should all just show up at her office in leggings, instead.

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