A high school principal has come under fire for telling her teenage students not to wear leggings unless they're a size zero, or run the risk of looking “fat”.
Principal Heather Taylor at Stratford High School in South Carolina was reportedly recorded making the remarks to her Year 9 and 10 students during a school assembly about dress codes.
“I’ve told you this before, I’m going to tell you this now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat,” Taylor reportedly says.
With teenagers already worryingly prone to body image issues, students and parents have slammed the comments, with calls for her to be stood down as principal.
“It was really hurtful, cause I felt like my size made me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear,” student Allison Veazy told WCBD.
“I wear leggings outside of school and I wear leggings when I go and hang out with my friends, and to think that someone would think that I look like a stuffed sausage — that was kind of hurtful.”
Parents of both female and male students have taken to the school’s Facebook page in protest.
“I do NOT have a daughter but my SON goes to this school and he let me know first hand how disturbing her comments were,” wrote one parent.
“I uprooted our lives and bought our first home in the area so he could attend this school because of its NO BULLYING POLICY alone amongst other wonderful things it has to offer.”
“Body shaming girls, anyone, when they are at their most impressionable and vulnerable is ugly, bullying, and uncalled for,” added another commenter.
“Not only is it utterly deplorable behavior for a so-called adult, but it opens the door to allow students to shame and tease each other even more than they already are wont to do.”