Girl, 14, calls out double-standards after ‘teacher said her outfit was too revealing’

Kate Plummer
Wednesday 05 May 2021 17:18
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A 14-year-old American girl was told by her teacher that her outfit was too revealing, she has claimed.

Alica Wagner told local press that her female teacher made crude comments about her outfit as she was leaving her classroom at Yulee Middle School in Florida.

“(The teacher) told me I was ‘letting them hang out for the whole world to see,” she said.

“I went to the bathroom and I came back and I said, ‘You need to stop sexualizing 14-year-old girls.’ I grabbed my stuff and I removed myself from the situation,” she added.

Wagner said the situation escalated after she tried to call her parents but was forbidden from doing so. After an argument witch staff, she was handed a 10-day suspension. She added that the comments were not fair, as she was wearing a cardigan.

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Speaking to local press, Wagner’s mother, Sarah said she understood why her daughter reacted in the way that she did. “I don’t think it’s OK for her to talk to teachers that way, but I understand why she was angry,” she said.

“She was basically sexually harassed by her teacher. … The teacher did apologise, she did understand what she did was wrong.”

The girl said she believes there’s a double standard when it comes to enforcing the dress code. “I believe that teachers are targeting women with mature bodies, women in general, absolutely,” she said. “So just because I have a little bit of breasts, I get targeted.”

The school district in which Yulee Middle School is located declined to discuss Wagner’s suspension to the New York Post and said it doesn’t comment on disciplinary matters involving students.

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