A 17 year-old girl who went to school with no bra on was told to cover her nipples with band-aids by teachers because they were ‘distracting boys’
Lizzy Martinez is outraged at the way she was treated by staff at Braden River High School in Brandeton, Florida, and said the ordeal left her in tears.
She was singled out after wearing a loose gray Calvin Klein t-shirt to class on Monday, and warned that she needed to ‘constrict the movement’ of her chest.
Lizzy told Metro US she was ordered to the Dean’s office, saying: ‘The dean at my school, Violeta Velazquez, she told me that there was a concern from a teacher that I wasn’t wearing a bra.
‘The teacher called the office and said it was distracting to herself and boys in the class.
‘I was appalled at first and looked at her, and said “You’re joking, right?”
‘I felt completely violated when the dean proceeded to ask me if I was wearing undergarments.
‘When I told her no, she continued to ask me why not.
‘I was sobbing in the clinic where I was given bandages to cover up.’
Lizzy told her mom Kari Knop about what had happened – and she was also outraged at the demands her daughter wear a bra, with no such rule mentioned in the school’s dress code.
They contacted the school superintendent, who conceded the oversight, but said the rule about compulsory bras would be added when it is next updated.
But Lizzy has blasted that as unfair as well as illegal, and says that if girls are forced to wear bras, boys should be too.
She explained: ‘I did my research and it’s completely illegal.
‘You can’t make girl students abide by a dress code that boys don’t have to abide by.
‘So if the policy for next year is the need to wear a bra – I’d like to see boys in my class with jock straps and bras on as well.’
Kari told the Brandeton Herald: ‘We should not treat a girl like this because of where her fat cells decided to distribute genetically.
Lizzy will now continue to ignore the no-bra rule in protest at what she says is an unfair policy.
School District Mitch Teitelbaum told the Herald-Tribune the incident should have been handled better, but stood behind Brandeton High’s uniform policy.