A Joplin, Mo., mom says a teacher called her 17-year-old daughter “busty” and “plus-sized” and kicked her out of class for wearing a blouse that “didn’t cover her cleavage properly.”
Melissa Barber says Kelsey Anderson was singled out at Joplin High School last Friday because her long-sleeved blouse and jeans violated the dress code, Fox News reports.
Barber shared a photo of the outfit on her Facebook page and wrote:
“This is the shirt that just got my 17-year-old dress coded.
“The teacher said, ‘Your boobs are bigger than most girls, and you are gonna have to try harder.’
“She really needs to not speak to my daughter like that. What is wrong with the way this child is dressed????”
Barber says her daughter was sent to the principal’s office by a female child development teacher after being “sexualized” in front of classmates.
“Bustier women need to wear clothing that covers their cleavage” and “plus-sized women need to dress accordingly,” the teacher said, according to Barber.
Barber provided an update in a later Facebook post, which has gone viral with more than 40,000 shares and hundreds of comments.
“I received a call from the school about my daughter being sent to the office for a dress code violation. I was told that the teacher was being unreasonable and obviously made a mistake.”
“This principal continued to defend the teacher by saying ‘Well, we have never had a problem with her before.’ I began explaining that my daughter was just sexualized by her teacher in front of the whole class. She was embarrassed and horrified. She requested to be removed from the teachers class. He said no. He continued to defend the teacher.”
“How often does this happen to your sons? Seems like another way to keep girls uneducated. #sheisnotadistraction #letthegirlslearn.”
Barber is talking with a lawyer about suing the Joplin School District, Cosmopolitan reports.
According to Fox News, a spokeswoman for the district said: “The District does not consider comments by staff members about students’ bodies appropriate. Our staff conduct policy requires all staff members to maintain courteous and professional relationships with students. This incident is being investigated by the administration to determine if this policy has been violated.”