Female Student Slams School After Being Sent Home For Wearing An 'Inappropriate Outfit'

A 17-year-old female high school student has been sent back home after her modest attire was branded “inappropriate” for the school environment. Whenever teachers and school administrators make these sort of proclamations, there is always an element of controversy.

However, this case stands out as one of the most egregious examples of a school taking sexist uniform policy way too far.

When the student in question, 17-year-old Emily, arrived at school for a uniform inspection, she had no idea that her attire – shown in pictures as a long sleeve thick yellow top, floral dress, black tights and black Doc Marten boots – would draw the ire of a middle-aged male teacher.

So when Emily was sent home by a 50-year-old male teacher, the young girl was understandably incredulous.

Now, Emily has struck back, creating a YouTube video to highlight the sweeping uniform double standards that female school students experience on a daily basis.

However, before she started working on this video, Emily took the time to upload a photo of her outfit to her Twitter account ‘EmilyOfAdarlan’, telling her followers: “I have just been sent home from sixth form [high school] by a 50-year-old man for wearing this."

Emily’s tweet was met with a surge of responses from other students who had been sent home for uniform violations. As the discussion grew more heated in the comments section, Emily sent shockwaves through her school and local community with a series of eloquent and damning tweets directed at her school.

This is what the 17-year-old girl wrote:

"This man told me that I looked inappropriate. He said that they needed to raise standards. The average person at my school didn't even get GCSE maths and English. I got 8 A*'s. I single-handedly raised the standards and contributed to society and he thinks it's okay to call me inappropriate. The audacity."

"I make YouTube videos to RAISE GCSE STANDARDS. I'm on the student parliament to RAISE SCHOOL STANDARDS. I am a feminist to RAISE SOCIETAL STANDARDS and yet here I am at home being denied an education."

"Among the people being sent home was a girl who is aiming to go to OXFORD. This is from a school that failed its Ofsted and is considered badly by the surrounding area. I've tried so hard to defend my school and the people in it but today I realized that I mean NOTHING to them."

Emily also described how her school’s handbook described the male uniforms as “smart business dress code.” However, despite male students wearing tight trousers and singlets on inspection day, the vast majority of students that Emily’s school sent home were still female.

Since writing her impassioned tweets, Emily has become a minor social media star, receiving responses from local politicians and veteran journalists.

One former political reporter, Beth Sagar-Fenton, captured the views of many when she wrote: “I worked in Parliament for 3 years and now I interview politicians a lot for work and I would have/still would 100% wear that to work and feel fab. Teacher is ridiculous and FYI a good workplace would never do this to you.”

Source: Mirror, Refinery 29
Photos: Joe Wolf/Flickr, Twitter, Cathy Yeulet/123RF Stock Photo, Sean John and Joe/Wikipedia

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