Student body president says she was shamed, suspended over ‘too short’ skirt

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SOUTH CAROLINA — A student body president from South Carolina is firing back after she was sent to in-school suspension and then home for a skirt one staff member said was “too short.”

Beaufort High School student Carey Burgess, 17, says she was shamed and brought to tears over the ordeal.

Burgess wrote that she was walking to her classroom with a friend when she heard a staff member behind her say, “Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home.”

She then posted the story online and it has gone viral.

“Thank you for teaching me that looking good for school is NOT appropriate. Thank you for letting me know that while I may think that I am dressing up for my Teacher Cadet lesson, I am in fact dressing to go to a night club or the whore house. Thank you for bringing me to tears in front of my friends and classmates because you do not have the decency to pull me aside and explain the problem. Then again, I did not have the decency to put on real clothes today. So maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn’t yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh.”

Principal Corey Murphy told the Island Packet that he could not comment on individual student discipline, but admits the skirt was within the dress code.

That dress code states that skirts must be “modest and of sufficient length, no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing.”

Read Burgess’ entire post: