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When Dress Code Violation Crosses the Line To Body Shaming

When Dress Code Violation Crosses the Line To Body Shaming

Another school year, another case of the questionable dress-code violation. This time, a nine-year old was sent to internal suspension when she showed up at school in a shirt that school officials deemed too tight. When a family member came to drop off a new shirt, it was also deemed too tight. And now after the girl’s uncle’s Facebook post went viral, many are saying the school is responsible for body-shaming the young girl.

Robbie Nettles, the young girl’s uncle, expressed his outrage at the incident that took place in her Brookhaven, Mississippi school last Wednesday when she was sent to internal suspension for “violating dress code”. Nettles expresses his outrage over the situation and questions why the school was offended with her appearance and why they punished her by sending her to in-school suspension while she waited for the new change of clothes. When the child was sent a new top, she was told that it also violated dress code and was too form-fitting.

Nettles writes on Facebook, “It sickens me to imagine my sweet niece going to a school that cares more about her weight than what's in her mind. They could have made her wait for a new outfit in the office. Instead, she was sent directly to ISS.” The uncle also displayed both of the outfits that the school deemed inappropriate and in violation of the dress code. Many who have commented on the viral Facebook post voice their disbelief with the school actions. One commenter writes, “That is terrible there's nothing wrong with what she's wearing.Poor baby.”

The family is upset with the school’s actions and is worried that the ordeal will negatively affect the 9-year-old’s self-esteem. Nettles writes, “Apparently, it is acceptable to body shame a nine year old. My niece may not be the ideal weight, but she was not showing anything inappropriate.”

What do you think of the way this school handled this 9-year-old’s “dress-code violation”?

Do you think school officials need to rethink the way they enforce dress codes?

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  • sara57marie By sara57marie
    09.09.16  

    This is completely unacceptable. There is nothing at all wrong with what she is wearing. From experience, I will tell you it is not easy to find cute clothing to fit kids who are not tiny. Aside from buying them adult clothes that do not look cute at all it is darn near impossible to find stuff that fits! I hate that they did this to her. She looked cute and should be made to feel good about herself-not made to feel like she has done something wrong!

  • fab4life By fab4life
    09.10.16  

    Teachers and school staff need to worry if a child seems starved or has unexplainable bruises. Uts nobody's right to say what a child can't wear unless it's revealing personal areas, and neither outfit was doing that. Its sad that So many people and places are become common in judging and being vocal, when will it stop??

  • rcdellabough By rcdellabough
    09.12.16  

    I think that is just plain mean.

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