In Canada a student was sent home only because her outfit made her teachers ‘feel uncomfortable’.
Right after the incident took place Christopher Wilson, the girl’s father took it to Facebook and shared his disappointment when his 17-year-old daughter Karis was sent home from her school named, Norkam Senior Secondary, on Tuesday (23 February). The girl was indeed wearing a knee-length black dress with lace trim over a full-sleeved white turtleneck.
His Facebook Live Video was viewed more than 100,000 times, and he blames the school system for taking such an insensitive action.
His caption was, “Today my daughter was sent home for wearing clothing that made her female teacher and her male student teacher ‘feel uncomfortable’.
“Centred 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 I and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again.”
While speaking to CBS’s Radio West, he explains: “[Karis] was told that it could possibly make the male student teacher feel awkward and it could make [her female classroom teacher] feel awkward since it reminded her of a lingerie outfit.
“It’s actually a very modest outfit when you actually look at it… I think the initial comments were based on the fact that it had lace.
“[We] kind of saw the aftermath of her coming home in tears and just really broken up, confused.
“There was a female who was singled out because what she’s wearing could make someone in a position of power over her feel uncomfortable. And the more you think of it, the more you say it, the more you understand that this is absurd.
“It shouldn’t happen.”
The students of the school staged a walkout in support of Karis the following day, and Christopher further said that the principal and vice-principal have handled the situation well.
Dr. Terry Sullivan, the superintendent of the school shared a statement with the Daily Mail, and said: “School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) is aware of the incident regarding a grade 12 student and dress code at NorKam Secondary on Feb. 23, 2021.
“We understand the parent is concerned about what happened to his daughter at school yesterday.
“We are also concerned about these allegations and are treating them seriously. The incident is currently under review. We will not comment on the incident specifically.
“Whenever a parent is concerned about their child at school we want to work with them for the best outcome for the student.”