"I'm frustrated, I'm hurt. I'm disappointed in the system. I'm pretty upset at this happening in 2021," her father said.
A Canadian dad was left fuming after his teenage daughter was humiliated and sent home for wearing an outfit a staff member deemed inappropriate, what is worse is that she was told that it 'made a male teacher uncomfortable,' reported the Daily Star UK.
Christopher Wilson explained that his daughter Karis, 17, came home crying that day after she was told that her attire would make a male student teacher feel "awkward", and that it reminded a female teacher of a "lingerie outfit". Karis, a high school student in Grade 12, was wearing a knee-length black dress with lace trim over a white turtleneck with long sleeves. Her school in Kamloops, British Columbia, claimed that the outfit violated its dress code. Mr. Wilson however said that the incident was "absurd" and that there was nothing wrong with his daughter's "very modest" outfit, accusing school staff of overreacting. He said that a teacher had apparently pulled Karis out of her class and escorted her to the principal's office. The principal later told him that she agreed the outfit was not inappropriate. Karis' classmates showed their support towards her by staging a walkout the following day.
"(Karis) was told that it could possibly make the male student teacher feel awkward and it could make (her female classroom teacher) feel awkward since it reminded her of a lingerie outfit. It's actually a very modest outfit when you actually look at it... I think the initial comments were based on the fact that it had lace," Mr. Wilson told CBC News. He further said that his daughter came home in tears and was left upset and confused. "There was a female who was singled out because what she's wearing could make someone in a position of power over her feel uncomfortable. And the more you think of it, the more you say it, the more you understand that this is absurd," he added.
The father had initially spoken about the incident in a live Facebook video that soon went viral. Karis also gave him permission to share a photo of her in the outfit that got her sent home. In the video, he says, "My beautiful, Grade 12, 17-year-old daughter went to school today feeling excited, feeling good about herself, ready to learn and she sat down in class and after a short period of time, was centred out by the teacher, and was told the outfit she was wearing made, or could make, her or the teacher's assistant, who is a male, feel uncomfortable. I'm frustrated, I'm hurt. I'm disappointed in the system. I'm pretty upset at this happening in 2021. She was sent home wearing this beautiful dress and a turtleneck, because we know [how] inappropriate turtlenecks can be. That's why they sell so many of these things."
He further said that the principal showed him the dress code, which bans students from wearing clothing "that is distracting to teaching or learning". Wilson then wrote in a post saying, "After asking her how she would like me to handle it she said she wanted to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen to the students that come after her.
Please stand with Karis and I and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again." The school has refused to comment on the issue, reported the Daily Star UK.