Teen, 17, forced to put band-aids on her nipples underneath a shirt at her school
The student complained of double standards young women face.
Pop Sugar reported that Braden River High School in Bradenton, Florida, forced a 17-year-old student to put Band-Aids on her breasts.
Usually, a female student wearing something ‘distracting’ according to teachers is forced to change.
When few male students make immature comments about an outfit, the female student is called to the principal’s office and not the boys.
Something similar happened with a student named Lizzy Martinez. The 17-year-old is terming the chain of events absurd.
The student showed up at school one-day wearing jeans and a gray, long-sleeve Calvin Klein t-shirt. She decided not to wear a bra underneath the baggy shirt.
Just a few hours into the school day, she was summoned to the dean’s office. Surprised, Martinez went into only to be told that she had to put Band-Aids over her breasts because she was “distracting” other students.
I decided not to wear a bra today and got pulled out of class bc one of my teachers complained that it was a “distraction to boys in my class.” My school basically told me that boys’ education is far more important than mine and I should be ashamed of my body. @Manateeschools :)— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 2, 2018
She had to leave her fifth-period class and was asked to go to the nurse’s office. She was given four Band-Aids, two for each breast, and told to cover up her nipples in a crisscross shape.
The reason she needed to cover up was that “a boy was laughing at her.” The student then had to bounce her body around to show how much her breast moved.
“They had me put on a second shirt and then stand up and, like, move and jump around to see how much my breasts moved. I was mortified.”
Lizzy Martinez, Buzzfeed, April 9, 2018.
The embarrassing ordeal resulted in the young student locking herself in the bathroom and crying.
Martinez’s mother, Kari Knop, was shocked by the events at her daughter’s school. She shared a photo of what her daughter was wearing and was quick to express her distaste.
Knop said that she fully supported her daughter’s desire to ‘bring about change and to make the school system see the multitude of errors they made.’
She took to Facebook to express that she hoped to bring shame to the school system and to encourage change. The school has no mentions of bras or undergarments in its dress code.
The young student felt that the events only showed the problematic double standard young women faced growing up.
Martinez said that though it was uncomfortable to talk about it, it was a big issue that makes many young girls feel targeted and sexualized.