For many kids, the first few weeks of school can be incredibly stressful since they’re trying to handle new workloads and make new friends, but normally, kids can depend on teachers and school staff to help create a safe environment where they can learn and gain confidence.
Lately, however, it feels like schools and teachers are more concerned about what their students are wearing to class instead of what they’re learning in it, as more and more reports come out about young children being punished for ‘breaking the dress code.’
So when a 9-year-old Mississippi girl recently got in-school suspension for wearing a perfectly appropriate outfit, she was confused and understandably upset. The school claimed her formfitting top and grey leggings broke the dress code, however, the girl’s uncle insists they were really shaming her for her weight since the only other student to get in trouble had a similar body shape.
“Does my niece’s round belly OFFEND you? Obviously, her attire was too form fitting,” Robbie Nettles wrote in a post to Facebook, which has since gone viral. “It was offensive enough to get her sent to in-school suspension at Brookhaven Elementary School. Apparently, it is acceptable to body shame a nine-year-old.”
“The second outfit was also not satisfactory. If the school is so concerned with their student’s appearance, they should implement school uniforms. Dress codes are open for interpretation and abuse. This abuse was demonstrated by the faculty at Brookhaven Elementary School,” Nettles wrote. “Does this punishment seem appropriate to you?
“My niece may not be the ideal weight,” Nettles explained. “But she was not showing anything inappropriate. It sickens me to imagine my sweet niece going to a school that cares more about her weight than what’s in her mind.
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[Featured image: Facebook/Robbie Nettles]