A teenager suspended from high school when her skirt was deemed ‘too short’ has sent a scathing Facebook post to her teachers.
Carey Burgess, 17, who is from South Carolina, turned up dressed for school as usual and was shocked to be told that her outfit was inappropriate.
While walking down one of the school’s corridors, Carey found herself being shouted at by one of her teachers, who told her, ‘Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.’
Upset and embrassed, the teen took to Facebook later that day to vent to friends about how unfairly she felt she’d been treated, in a post which has now been seen by thousands of people.
The teen wrote, ‘[Today] I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore.
‘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.
‘Maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn’t yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh.
Addressing the school, she says, ‘I don’t [know] 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?
Carey later said that many of her teachers had supported her comments
‘Yes, I am a woman. I am woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School.
‘Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders.’
The post has had hundreds of likes, over 9,000 shares and a whole host of supportive comments, from fellow students and strangers alike.
One said, ‘Carey, this is one of the best posts I’ve seen on social media in awhile. It’s really powerful and so well said. This is such a problem and you’re definitely the perfect person to fight it!’
While another wrote, ‘You look like a classy young lady. Don’t change a thing.’
Even the school’s principal made a comment about Carey’s post, telling Beaufort News: ‘She’s a very gifted writer. That’s what it was, you can feel the emotion in her words. Something like that, that’s impressive.’
And although he wouldn’t comment on school policies Principal Corey Murphy maintained that Mrs Woods had done nothing wrong and that the image used online doesn’t accurately reflect what Carey was wearing on the day in question.
Carey has since added another post which says:
‘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.’