Teen Girls Sent Home From High School for Visible Bra Straps
Menihek High School in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Canada, sent roughly thirty students home last week because they were wearing sleeveless shirts and their bra straps were exposed.
The students were mostly female, but also included a couple of males who wore tank tops.
School officials claim that the clothing violated the dress code, but students say it was a very warm day and they were just trying to dress comfortably.
"This is the first time I've ever been sent home from school," student Emily Connors told CBC News.
Connors added that girls were sent home "because of our bra straps, and that it was inappropriate because some of the male teachers and male students found it distracting for them."
Gary Connors, her father, added, "I mean, as far as I'm concerned, what a woman wears doesn't give a guy a right to do anything to them, [or] say anything to them. If they can't control themselves, then there's something wrong with them, you know? It's just pathetic."
Maddie Pynn, an 11th grader, claims that she was told that her dress was too short, but after she changed into a longer dress, she was sent home again for wearing too much perfume.
"We were actually given a presentation at the beginning of every school year, and they were telling us, ‘Well, you can’t wear certain types of shirts because they’re afraid that male students will take it the wrong way,'" Danielle Matias, a 12th grader, told the National Post.
In response to the outcry, Newfoundland and Labrador English School District Director of Education Darrin Pike said that the dress code was not about male students being distracted by girls' revealing clothing.
“There’s nothing wrong with having standards and expectations, it’s balancing those with individual rights and freedoms,” added Pike.
The school's website changed the dress code, which now allows sleeveless shirts if they have a “thick strap that covers undergarments.”