Student body president says she was shamed, suspended over this skirt

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BEAUFORT, S.C. — A high school student body president was sent home for a skirt one staff member said was “too short.”

Beaufort High School student Carey Burgess, 17, says she was shamed and brought to tears over the ordeal.

Burgess wrote in her posts on Instagram and Facebook that 20 minutes into a recent school day, she was walking to her classroom with a friend when she heard a staff member behind her say, “Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.”

In her post, she said:

“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, or I may do something that is so rarely seen in Beaufort High School- learn.
You saved me, Beaufort High. As Student Body President, junior marshal, and a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows, I was heading down the path of hard drugs (good thing you’re testing next year!), strip clubs, and sugar daddies. I don’t where I would be without your misogynistic views.”

 

The high school principal, Corey Murphy, told the Island Packet that he couldn’t comment on individual student discipline. However, he admitted that Burgess’ outfit was within the dress code.

 

That dress code states that skirts must be “modest and of sufficient length, no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing.”

 

Burgess’ Facebook post has already been shared 6,000 times.

 

Here’s the full text of her post:

 

“Today, I wore this outfit to Beaufort High School. About 20 minutes into the day, my friend and I were excused from class to venture to the vending machine because our teacher was planning to do nothing all class period, as usual. 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. 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, or I may do something that is so rarely seen in Beaufort High School- learn.
You saved me, Beaufort High. As Student Body President, junior marshal, and a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows, I was heading down the path of hard drugs (good thing you’re testing next year!), strip clubs, and sugar daddies. I don’t where I would be without your misogynistic views. How could I go on without a certain math teacher making sexist jokes all class? How could I survive without my science professor letting me know I am an inferior woman? 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.”