If you haven’t heard about this story you’re going to be shocked.
South Carolina high school principal Heather Taylor, has come under serious scrutiny after telling the female students at Stratford High School that they shouldn’t wear leggings unless they “are a size two or zero.”
Taylor made the remarks last week during a discussion about dress code with her ninth-and-10th-grade students:
“I’ve told you this before, I’m going to tell you this now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat.” 1
Immediately after her comments were made public, she had to walk them back, saying the next day:
“Yesterday and this morning, I met with each class of the Stratford High School student body. I addressed a comment made during a 10th grade assembly and shared from my heart that my intention was not to hurt or offend any of my students in any way. I assured them all that I am one of their biggest fans and invested in their success. After speaking with our students and receiving their support, I am confident that, together, we are ready to move forward and have a wonderful year.”2
Obviously, students and parents are still upset and quite surprised by her initial remarks. Especially given the fact that the school’s dress code reads, “leggings, tights, yoga pants and spandex must be worn under clothing that cover to mid-thigh.” 3
What do you think about her statements? And, what do you think about kids wearing this type of clothing to school at all?