Principal says that girls who are over size two shouldn’t wear leggings because “you look fat”

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Society constantly judges girls and women by their appearances. You’d think that female school principals would try to combat the negativity, but not this one.

Since the dawn of humanity, people have stereotyped women based on their appearances.

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Luckily, many countries in the world have done things to make it so that women can be seen for who they are, not what they look like. But as this story shows, America still has a long way to go.

School dress codes are a topic of contention in many US schools.

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For example, some girls can never wear shorts to their school, because the school says that the shorts must go past a girl’s fingertips. Some girls end up being barred from wearing shorts altogether, as their arms are longer than average.

But Principal Heather Taylor of Stratford High School in South Carolina has really lowered the already low bar for schools in America with her latest comments.

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The principal organized a meeting at the start of the school year concerning dress codes. Luckily, someone was recording the event and managed to capture Taylor’s shocking words.

She told every girl that was assembled in the school that, unless they were incredibly thin, they shouldn’t wear leggings as they will make them look fat.

Specifically, this is what Taylor said:

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Surely a school principal should be a positive, uplifting figure in a child’s life? They should be saying things that will help their students’ self-esteem, not trashing it. Just imagine how every single girl in that assembly felt when the teacher said: “you look fat.”

Unsurprisingly, after the parents found out that Taylor had made these comments, they were outraged.

Some of the girls in that assembly were already struggling with body issues. And these comments only made the girls even more insecure.

One student, Allison Veazey, later told Count On News 2 that “It was really hurtful, cos I felt like my size made me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear.”

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Shortly after the students and parents of students made their upset at Taylor’s comments known, Taylor issued an apology. The only issue with this apology was that she forgot to actually apologize in the statement.

Instead, she said this:

“My intention was not to hurt or offend any of my students in any way. I assured them all that I am one of their biggest fans and invested in their success. After speaking with our students and receiving their support, I am confident that, together, we are ready to move forward and have a wonderful year.”

It wouldn’t have been hard to also add something along the lines of “I’m sorry for telling any girl who isn’t very thin that they look fat,” but Taylor wasn’t able to do this.

Of course, it’s impossible to tell people what to think. The principal in this story can think whatever she wants about other people in private. But when she arranges an assembly full of young people who are facing the pressures of school and tells them that they look fat, then that’s definitely crossing the line.

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The principal’s comments have had a negative impact on Stratford High School. Since Taylor’s body-shaming came to light, the school has received a number of negative reviews on Google and Facebook.

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You may have thought that your teachers were bad, but at least they didn’t call you fat!

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Source: Count On News 2