What left Hailey and her friend Emily LaCerra so shocked was the fact that Hailey was wearing jeans and a sweater. Emily decided to take pictures of Hailey’s outfit and post them on Twitter. She also made sure to tag the school’s active account.
@itsleeeeeee has an after school detention for “excessive midriff” in this outfit. It’s almost like we didn’t have a meeting with @LTHSPrincipal to change the issue of girls constantly being shamed & taken out of class for their normal outfits? pic.twitter.com/X0KfUCAFuA
— Em (@emilylacerra) November 9, 2017
Emily LaCerra, a student at Loyalsock Township High School, took a photo of her friend Hailey Brown’s outfit, which Brown was given detention for. Brown was told her outfit had “excessive midriff” (???) and was told her cleavage was exposed (although judging by the photos posted, it wasn’t).
The news was particularly shocking for students because the school just addressed dress code shaming
“Hailey came into lunch very upset on Thursday after being told she needed to come to the assistant principal’s office after lunch during the time she would be taking a psychology exam,” LaCerra told Storyful. “She asked our assistant principal to talk to her about this, and called her over to our table. This conversation included accusations that male students had reported seeing her breasts, and that other teachers had said her outfit was inappropriate.”
“We’ve been fighting our school so hard on these instances in hope that one day even after we’ve graduated girls will be able to come to school and not fear how teachers and students look at them, or if they will miss out on instruction time for their bodies.”
People chimed in with their support of both LaCerra and Brown.
no excessive skin is showing..the fact that you missed productive learning for this is SICK
— Crea (@Creabug) November 9, 2017
When pulling a girl out of class for wearing jeans and a sweatshirt is more important than actually learning. I️ see LTHS really values their students and their education.
— jess (@JessicaHefferan) November 9, 2017