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This Girl's Response to Being Sent Home for Her Outfit Deserves an A+

Carey Burgess is a 17-year-old junior at Beaufort High School in South Carolina. She says that she was in school for 20 minutes on October 27th before she was berated by an administrator and then sent home for wearing a skirt that was “too short.” But she didn't go quietly, taking to Facebook with a post that has gone viral.

“Today, I wore this outfit to Beaufort High School,” wrote Burgess, the student body class president. “I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore.”

Here's the rest of what she wrote:

 

 

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 know where I would be without your misogynistic views. How could I go on without a certain 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.

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Her post, originally shared to Instagram and then linked to Facebook, explains that she was walking with a friend from the vending machines to class when an administrator called out Burgess for wearing “inappropriate” clothing.

“Your skirt is too short,” Burgess quotes the teacher in the online post. “You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.” Burgess wrote that being reprimanded in front of her friends and classmates brought her to tears. She then called her mom to pick her up from school.

Burgess' post has been shared and “liked” thousands of times since.

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According to the Beaufort Gazette, the outfit was later confirmed by the school’s principal as “within the dress code,” but the story has nonetheless reignited the conversation about sexist double standards around dress codes

As ATTN: has reported previously, dress codes come across to many people as outdated and harmful. They anger enough young women that the viral hashtag #IAmMoreThanaDistraction was started on social media in 2014. The hashtag is designed to hit back at the premise that young women have a responsibility to dress in a way that is not distracting to their male peers. Opponents of dress codes say that this notion puts the burden of modesty on young women and assumes that young men can’t control themselves.

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Burgess also called out her school for having mixed up priorities.

“Yes, I am a woman. I am [a] woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School. All of us are,” Burgess wrote. “Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders.”

She's since gone on to clarify that her post was not meant to generalize about all of her teachers at Beaufort High.

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ATTN: reached out to Burgess, but she was unavailable for comment by the time of publication.