It seems that in spite of how far we've come in the world, there are stories that continue to remind us how far we still have to go.
And the most recent story is about a student who was sent home from school for a "problematic" outfit - and it certainly triggered a wave of outrage online!
Seventeen-year-old Karis Wilson was wearing this.
A long-sleeve turtleneck with a knee-length dress over the top. Hardly what anyone could describe as revealing, right?
Nonetheless, she was pulled out of class earlier this year at NorKam Senior Secondary school in Kamloops, British Columbia, escorted to the principal's office, then sent home in tears. The reason? Her outfit had the potential to make a teacher feel "awkward."
Her dad, Christopher Wilson, shared the story on a Facebook Live that has now been viewed more than 70,000 times.
"Today my daughter was sent home for wearing clothing that made her female teacher and her male student-teacher 'feel uncomfortable,'" said Wilson, as per the Daily Mail.
"Centered out in front of her class and told she needs to leave class and brought her to the VP's before she went home in tears. After asking her how she would like me to handle it she said she wanted to make sure this kind of thing doesn't happen to the students that come after her. Please stand with Karis and [me] and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again."
The #istandwithkaris movement took off and quickly went viral.
It's _2021_ and we're STILL seeing girls being sent home for wearing distracting clothing.— CadburyBunny ESC (Emotional Support Canuck) (@cadburybunny) February 25, 2021
And the Distracting Clothing is ...
A TURTLENECK under a KNEE LENGTH DRESS!?!?
B.C. teen sent home from school over 'distracting' clothing https://t.co/CkDMEtkPeU via @YouTube
Not only do stories like these humiliate the teenage girls involved, but it also forces them to be mindful of their bodies rather than focusing on education. Oh, also - why are adult teachers concerned about what their teenage students look like, full stop?
"I'm frustrated, I'm hurt, I'm disappointed in the system," Wilson continued. "I'm pretty upset at this happening in 2021."
"If you're a teacher and you're distracted by clothing your students are wearing, then you are in the wrong profession. Maybe you should try something new."
Honestly, we have to agree!
And so dud Karis's fellow students. In fact, they walked out of class in protest, holding signs including, "I am not my dress", "My education is more important than what I wear", and "Am I distracting you with my midriff?"
She wore a dress over a turtleneck to school and was sent home because a teacher called it inappropriate. The B.C. teen’s father says he’s frustrated by what happened. As @CBCtanya reports, some of her fellow students are showing their support.https://t.co/GgBp3Bh3uw pic.twitter.com/SlM7iNiJKa— CBC British Columbia (@cbcnewsbc) February 26, 2021
The vice-principal and principal have reportedly dealt with the situation, and the school district superintendent even reached out to the Wilson family following the furor.
If there's a silver lining to this, [after feeling] that centered out and awkward, [it's to] have everyone stand up, stand beside you and say, no, this isn't OK, we're with you," Wilson concluded. "We could definitely learn some lessons from it. I know for a fact that they're taking this very seriously and it might be an opportunity to promote learning for the teachers as well."