Macy Edgerly is a 12th grade honors student at Orangefield High School in Orange County, Texas, but she was sent home for outfit on April 2 after school officials deemed her outfit inappropriate.
Macy’s sister, Erica Alyse Edgerly, was outraged and posted photos of her sister’s outfit to Facebook. The post quickly went viral and, since its publication, has been shared more than 63,000 times.
“… 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,” Erica wrote.
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She continued, “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 eduction. 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?”
No one who commented on the post understood the school’s rationale behind the decision. “I have been saying the same thing that you said for so long. Why should girls have to base their clothing choices on boys who can't learn to control themselves? Plus her whole body is completely covered so I don't see what the problem is,” Madison Woodruff wrote. Others echoed the sentiment.
Orangefield High School referred inquiries to the vice principal, but she has yet to return requests for comment. When called a second time, another administrator hung up when asked about Macy Edgerly.
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