WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of West Palm Beach is asking the county's school district to discipline an administrator who removed her daughter from classes for wearing ripped jeans and lectured her to consider male classmates' hormones when choosing her wardrobe.
In a Facebook posting on Thursday, West Palm Beach Mayor Melissa McKinlay said her daughter was sent to in-school suspension at Forest Hill High School, missing a day of core classes. She posted a picture of her daughter's jeans, ripped at the knee.
McKinley says while the jeans may have "slightly" violated the dress code, she called the male administrator's comments "girl shaming" and sexist.
Principal Mary Stratos told the Palm Beach Post she'll investigate the alleged administrator's alleged comments. She defended the school's dress code as gender-neutral.
Below is the post McKinlay shared on Facebook:
Dear Palm Beach County School District:
My daughter wore a pair of jeans today to school. They had a hole in the knee.
In the middle of a quiz in her IB History class, a male administrator came to classroom, told her she needed to consider the guys in her class and their hormones when choosing her wardrobe, yanked her out of class and threw her into In School Suspension for the remainder of the day. So she missed an entire day of core classes and couldn’t finish her quiz.
I’m sorry but EXCUSE ME? Perhaps she should have worn a different pair of jeans. But why should she have to worry about dressing a certain way to curtail a boy’s potential behavior? So, like, it’s her fault if the boy touches her because of what she was wearing?
A boy’s potential inability to control his hormones warrants my daughter’s inability to attend her classes today and miss valuable curriculum?
A male administrator yanked her out of a classroom because of a damn KNEE? Did he pull the boys out who were wearing shorts? They have TWO knees showing?
Sexism. Victim blaming. Girl shaming.
This Administrator should be suspended.
Here’s what the jeans look like. Did seeing this affect your ability to concentrate?
I’d like to think her intelligence & quick wit, beautiful smile and wicked sense of humor might. Her knee?
PS If she needs a lunch detention for being slightly out of dress code, so be it. But this? No. Not an appropriate response. EVER.