High School Send Student Home After Claiming Her Breasts Were Visible Through Her Shirt
Feminism has erupted onto the scene in modern times, as women are finally being taken seriously by establishing themselves as equals in society. In fact, so potent is the argument for women's rights, that feminism has begun to be taught in classrooms around the world. Well, in every classroom except for Kaitlyn Juvik's, it seems.
The high school student from Montana caused a frenzy online when she was sent home for wearing no bra underneath a black t-shirt. Juvik was punished with a dress code violation which left her seething and ready to fight for justice.
Helena High School sent the teenager home for her inappropriate attire after another student complained that the way she was dressed made them feel "uncomfortable".
Humiliated but determined to address issues on her school's dress code, Juvik made a plan to fight her case and change the way girls are allowed to dress at school.
Taking to Facebook, Juvik wrote a post in which she publicly shamed her school for their actions. To illustrate her point, she included a snapshot of herself wearing the controversial top, to ask her friends for their opinion.
In the heartfelt post, which garnered 32,000 likes in six weeks, Juvik blasted her school while proudly displaying her 'scandalous' shirt for all to see:
"If anyone is curious. THIS is the shirt I was wearing when I was called out!!! not see through, not inappropriate! and you definitely cannot tell I'm not wearing a bra unless you're looking VERY hard! I was most definitely not wearing anything that was against the dress code!!"
Talking of the incident, Juvik said: “What I was confronted about was wrong ... As long as nothing is showing and you’re covered up, girls should not have to wear a bra.” It would appear that this sentiment was shared by a majority of her fellow students who all rallied together to support their friend, even creating a Facebook page titled "No Bra, No Problem."
"The movement for gender equality, women's rights, & being comfortable. Against discrimination in schools, we focus on the right for girls to go braless," the page’s description reads.
Unsurprisingly, many of Kaitlyn's friends and peers turned out for the "No Bra Day" silent protest, where she gave a powerful speech about why she feels she was wronged by the school.
"The fact that I was told it makes people uncomfortable offended me because it’s my body," Juvik said outside of a gathering in front of the school. "It is my natural body and I’m not sure why that is uncomfortable to somebody."
Her plight for equality is not only supported by fellow female students, but also by boys who plan to wear bras outside of their school shirts as a sign of solidarity.
Meanwhile, Juvik's mother is in full support of her bitter battle against the place in which she is educated. "I stand behind my daughter 100 percent! I am very proud of the point she is trying to make and the movement that she and her friends have created," she said, before going on to explain:
“This movement is not just about wearing/not wearing a bra. Our daughters are body shamed and sexualized on a daily basis. We need to teach them to be comfortable in their own skin and not feel like they have to hide under their clothes.
The schools have bigger fish to fry than worrying about whether or not my daughter is wearing a bra! Ask your daughters if they wear a bra on a regular basis, I think you will be surprised by the answer!”
Dress codes at high school can be tricky. Students are subjected to many laws on the way they dress, but sometimes things go a bit too far...