Meet Carey Burgess, a 17-year-old student in Southern California. By all accounts, Burgess is a smart and successful young woman. She’s even the student body president of Beaufort High School.
But Burgess’s social media accounts are now going viral because she wrote an impassioned response to being suspended from school… for wearing a skirt. Not an itty-bitty mini skirt – a regular, modest skirt. According to Burgess, she was dressing up for a presentation. She believed she was within the school’s dress code, which states that skirts have to be “of sufficient length.”
The khaki skirt Carey wore to school seems to fit the bill, and Carey maintains that she’s worn the exact skirt in question many times before. However, one teacher made it her business to publicly shame Burgess and order her to go home and change.
According to Buzzfeed, the suspended teen posted photos of the outfit in question on Instagram and Facebook and received an outpouring of support. Check out the “offensive” outfit below and Burgess’s impassioned response to her suspension.
This isn’t the first unfair dress code issue we’ve covered, and we doubt it’ll be the last. Please SHARE if you feel that Burgess’s outfit is nothing to be sent home over, and if you feel that many of these dress codes are incredibly unfair to young women.
Here is the outfit that got Carey Burgess suspended.
Carey's Instagram post is heartbreaking, and shows how stringent dress codes can be detrimental to young women's self-esteem: