Headteacher tells female students not to wear leggings unless they're a size zero

Alice Sholl
Contributor
She said that if you’re bigger, they can make you look “fat” [Photo: Pexels]

A secondary school headteacher has sparked outrage by allegedly telling females students they should only wear leggings to school if they’re a size zero or two (a size four and six in the UK).

Parents told News 2 that during a meeting about suitable school attire, Heather Taylor told Stratford High School tenth grade students that leggings are only flattering on smaller girls.

“Unless you’re a size zero or a two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat,” you can hear in what parents say is a recording of Taylor speaking.

“It was really hurtful, because I felt like my size makes me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear,” student Allison Veazey told a News 2 reporter.

Students have said that they feel singled out [Photo: Pexels]

“I wear leggings outside of school, and I wear leggings when I go and hang out with my friends, so to think that someone thinks I look like a stuffed sausage is kind of hurtful.”

In response, Taylor posted her contact details on Facebook, encouraging parents with any concerns to reach out to her.

Taylor’s definitions of what’s ‘appropriate’ to wear to school are hardly the only to have caused controversy.

Back here in the UK, boys at Exeter’s ISCA Academy recently wore skirts to protest the school’s no-shorts rule during a heatwave, while a four-year-old boy’s mum was shocked to have him sent home for his long hair in Texas.

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