A South Carolina high school principal is under scrutiny for telling students that they shouldn't wear leggings “unless you are a size 0 or 2.”
Heather Taylor made the announcement to Stratford High School students during dress code assemblies on Wednesday.
“I’ve told you this before, I’m going to tell you this now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat,” Taylor said. An audio recording of the statement was shared with WCBD.
Sophomore Allison Veazy, told WCBD that she felt targeted.
“It was really hurtful, cause I felt like my size made me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear,” she said. “I wear leggings outside of school and I wear leggings when I go and hang out with my friends, and to think that someone would think that I look like a stuffed sausage — that was kind of hurtful.”
Local parent Lacy Thompson-Harper posted on Facebook about the comment: “Body shaming teenage girls is uncalled for, inappropriate and unprofessional. When I spoke with her, she talked around the issue, and made excuse after excuse, effectively calling all of the students liars,” Thompson-Harper wrote. This has upset many, many more students than just those in the 10th grade. My daughter is in the 11th grade, and is livid. She has been ridiculed by students for her body, and shouldn’t be subjected to it from teachers.”
Thompson-Harper stated that Taylor agreed to apologize to the school. However, the mother isn’t sure that is enough.
Thompson-Harper said, “Right now, I’m a very angry parent, with a very angry daughter.”
[Photo: Stratford High School]