‘Instead of Shaming Girls For Their Bodies, Teach Boys That Girls Aren’t Sexual Objects’: Girl Humiliated in Class For Wearing Shorts
A Montreal teen is fighting back after she was suspended for wearing short shorts to class on a hot day.
According to reports, high school student Lindsey Stocker wore a pair of short denim shorts to school on May 21. Two Vice Principals entered her class and “told everyone to stand up so their outfits could be inspected.”
Stocker says “and when they came to me after about two rows of looking they stopped and told me my shorts were too short and I had to change.”
She adds “they continued to tell me I would be suspended if I didn’t start following the rules. When I told them I didn’t understand why I had to change they told me it doesn’t matter – I don’t have to understand the rules, I just have to comply by them.”
Rather than change, Lindsey printed 20 posters saying “Don’t humiliate her because she’s wearing shorts. It’s hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects.”
Stocker was suspended but she is not backing down.
She says “I was in violation for showing my legs. And that, point blank, is a problem for me.”
The school board chairperson Susanne Stein Day said “the rules are there to help the children learn and prepare them for their future work places, high school is a job for them, they are there to learn to function in society, so it’s important the rules be followed. Girls and boys have rules on dress codes, it is not a girl, boy thing, that’s the point.”
Lindsey has plenty of support, though.
Student Sierra Drolet said “most people are agreeing with her, women shouldn’t have to cover themselves up completely because we shouldn’t be viewed as sexual objects.”
Student Lauren Paquay came to school in short shorts to support Stocker, saying “people are being judged for the way they dress, they have to change because boys look at them. The boys should be the ones who have to learn to treat women better and look at them in a different light.”