'Body Shaming' Row: Schoolgirl Sent Home For Wearing Leggings And Long Top

10/04/2015 10:54 | Updated 10 June 2015

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A school has been accused of 'body shaming' a schoolgirl after it sent her home for wearing leggings and a long top.

Macy Edgerly, 18, was ordered to go home by teachers for wearing the 'revealing' outfit, even though her body is completely covered.

Her suspension so angered Macy's older sister Erica that she took a picture of the schoolgirl in the leggings and top and posted it to Facebook to criticise the school's strict uniform rules, which she said 'encourage rape culture'.

The post quickly went viral and has been shared more than 90,000 times.

In the accompanying post, Erica, 21, wrote: "Today, my sister was sent home from school for wearing the clothes in the picture below.

"And I'm sorry but I have to stand up for my family and for women who are degraded and judged for their bodies and clothing everyday.

"People wonder why women feel insecure about their bodies or what they wear.. And it's because you're told your clothing is inappropriate when you're completely fully clothed, even when you're not showing cleavage or anything.

"How about instead of body shaming women, school systems should start teaching 15-18 year old boys to stop degrading women with their eyes and contributing to the rape culture of today's society.

"Bottom line, girls cannot go to school in comfortable clothes THAT COVER EVERYTHING because school systems are afraid that hormonal boys won't be able to control their eyes and minds.

"And that is such a bigger problem than worrying about clothing. No, I do not believe that all boys in middle school/high school degrade young women or sexualize their bodies.

"That is my point.. this is not an inappropriate outfit, yet some are worried it might be seen that way, so they send girls home to change to try to avoid an issue and THAT is the problem.

"Not to mention, when you send someone home because of inappropriate clothing, you're taking away from their education.

"So I guess it's more important for boys to not have distractions (even when they're aren't any) than a woman's education.

"When will people realize how big of an issue this really is?"

The sisters, from Texas, have since received support from thousands of people via social media.

The school's dress code states all garments must meet the 'fingertip rule' of being below the fingertips when the person's arms are down by their side.

Supporters responding to Erica's post on Facebook said they felt the rules are wrong.

Sarah Thomas wrote: "I'm still confused as to why she was sent home?

"She's completely covered and looks comfortable!!!

"That's so ridiculous. I'm annoyed for the rest of the day after seeing this.

Madison Woodruff said: "I have been saying the same thing that you said for so long.

"Why should girls have to base their clothing choices on boys who can't learn to control themselves?"

In a statement, Macy's school Orangefield Independent School District, said: "While the District cannot disclose or discuss the details of any student's disciplinary or educational matter due to federal and state confidentiality laws, we want to assure our community that Orangefield ISD strives to maintain a positive and successful learning environment for our students free from disruption and distraction, which includes enforcement of our student dress code."


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