Carey Burgess, student body president at South Carolina's Beaufort High School, said she wore the following outfit to school on Tuesday:
Burgess later wrote on Facebook that her clothing decision got her in some hot water.
"About 20 minutes into the day, my friend and I were excused from class to venture to the vending machine because our teacher was planning to do nothing all class period, as usual," she wrote. "On our way back, I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore."
Burgess continued: "As I was walking down the hallway, I heard a voice behind me. 'Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.' Thank you, Mrs. Woods. Thank you for teaching me that looking good for school is NOT appropriate. Thank you for letting me know that while I may think that I am dressing up for my Teacher Cadet lesson, I am in fact dressing to go to a night club or the whore house. Thank you for bringing me to tears in front of my friends and classmates because you do not have the decency to pull me aside and explain the problem. Then again, I did not have the decency to put on real clothes today."
She wasn't done:
So maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn't yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh. This is a patriarchal society and I am a woman. I have to be kept in my place, or I may do something that is so rarely seen in Beaufort High School — learn.
You saved me, Beaufort High. As Student Body President, junior marshal, and a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows, I was heading down the path of hard drugs (good thing you're testing next year!), strip clubs, and sugar daddies. I don't where I would be without your misogynistic views. How could I go on without a certain math teacher making sexist jokes all class? How could I survive without my science professor letting me know I am an inferior woman? Yes, I am a woman. I am woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School. All of us are. Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders.
On Wednesday, Burgess followed up with a clarification: "I would like to formally apologize to any teachers who feel grouped under my label of 'incompetent.' I've been fortunate to have many caring, intelligent, and personable teachers at Beaufort High. I did not aim my statement at any specific teacher; many are supporting me and I thank them for that."
The school's principal responded to the controversy through the school district spokesman Thursday, noting that "What she was wearing in the picture wouldn't be a problem." The spokesman added that the principal called Burgess "a great kid," WCSC-TV reported.
"Shorts, skirts, skorts, and jumpers shall be modest and of sufficient length. The length of these articles of clothing shall be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing," according to the Beaufort County School District's dress code.
So, what do you think of her outfit? Let us know in the comments below.
And here's Burgess' complete post. As of Saturday night, it's received over 13,400 shares:
Today, I wore this outfit to Beaufort High School. About 20 minutes into the day, my friend and I were excused from...Posted by Carey Burgess on Tuesday, October 27, 2015
This story has been updated.
(H/T: Young Conservatives)
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