SOUTH CAROLINA — The story of a student body president from South Carolina is going viral after she was sent to in-school suspension and then home for a skirt one staff member said was “too short.”
Beaufort High School student Carey Burgess, 17, says she was shamed and brought to tears over the ordeal, which she posted about online.
Burgess wrote in her posts on Instagram and Facebook that 20 minutes into a recent school day, she was walking to her classroom with a friend when she heard a staff member behind her say, “Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.”
In her post, she said in part:
“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 where I would be without your misogynistic views.”
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The high school principal, Corey Murphy, told the Island Packet that he couldn’t comment on individual student discipline. But he admitted that Burgess’ outfit was within the dress code.
That dress code states that skirts must be “modest and of sufficient length, no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing.”
Burgess’ Facebook post has already gotten nearly 6,000 shares.