A teenager has publicly shamed her school after she was sent home for wearing a skirt that was "too short", saying she was shamed into feeling like "a whore".
Carey Burgess, a student from South Carolina, posted a picture of herself on Instagram in the offending skirt, accompanied by a description of the day's events.
"Today I wore this outfit to Beaufort High School," the 17-year-old wrote. "On our way back, I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore.
"As I was walking down the hallway, I heard a voice behind me. 'Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.' Thank you, Mrs. Woods. Thank you for teaching me that looking good for school is NOT appropriate."
The student continued: "Thank you for letting me know that while I may think that I am dressing up for my Teacher Cadet lesson, I am in fact dressing to go to a night club or the whore house. Thank you for bringing me to tears in front of my friends and classmates because you do not have the decency to pull me aside and explain the problem. Then again, I did not have the decency to put on real clothes today.
"So maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn't yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh. This is a patriarchal society and I am a woman. I have to be kept in my place."
The teen concluded: "Yes, I am a woman. I am woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School. All of us are. Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders."
Amen to that.