A 14-year-old Florida girl was reportedly called out by her eighth-grade teacher who said her outfit was too revealing – and that she was “letting them hang out for the whole world to see.”
Alice Wagner told News4Jax that the teacher commented about her attire as she was leaving her classroom at Yulee Middle School.
“(The teacher) told me I was ‘letting them hang out for the whole world to see,’” Wagner told the station.
“I went to the bathroom and I came back and I said, ‘You need to stop sexualizing 14-year-old girls.’ I grabbed my stuff and I removed myself from the situation,” she added.
Wagner said she went to the administration’s office to call her parents but was forbidden to do so, leading to a fiery exchange with school officials that led to her 10-day suspension.
The girl’s mom, Sarah, said: “So, I don’t think it’s OK for her to talk to teachers that way, but I understand why she was angry.
“She was basically sexually harassed by her teacher. … The teacher did apologize, she did understand what she did was wrong,” she told News4Jax.
The girl said she believes there’s a double standard when it comes to enforcing the dress code.
“I believe that teachers are targeting women with mature bodies, women in general, absolutely,” she said. “So just because I have a little bit of breasts, I get targeted.”
Wagner said she was told her undergarments were visible, but she claimed the cardigan she had on would’ve made that impossible.
The school district north of Jacksonville declined to discuss Wagner’s suspension, saying it doesn’t comment on disciplinary matters involving students.