Enforcing the school dress code is part of a principal's job. But, fat-shaming young girls because of a personal preference is way out of line. A South Carolina administrator has made it her personal crusade to stop her students from wearing leggings and now she is in hot water.
Stratford High School Principal Heather Taylor addressed the issue during an assembly of ninth and tenth grade students and apparently it wasn't the first time.
"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 said as reported by WCBD News.
As you might expect, students and parents alike were outraged. How could a principal, a woman no less, open her mouth and say such a thing to teenage girls who already deal with body issues? The mother of one eleventh-grader asked Taylor to explain herself.
"Body shaming teenage girls is uncalled for, inappropriate and unprofessional," she wrote on her Facebook page. "When I spoke with her, she talked around the issue, and made excuse after excuse, effectively calling all of the students liars."
The angry mom continued her online rant explaining how all of the students have been affected by Taylor's actions.
"This has upset many, many more students than just those in the 10th grade," she said. "My daughter is in the 11th grade, and is livid. She has been ridiculed by students for her body, and shouldn't be subjected to it from teachers."
Well if this is the way the principal chooses to address her students, it's no wonder that others might also ridicule each other about their looks. Taylor has now offered an apology that many wonder whether or not it is sincere.
"Yesterday and this morning, I met with each class of the Stratford High School student body," she wrote in a statement. "I addressed a comment made during a 10th grade assembly and shared from my heart that my intention was not to hurt or offend any of my students in any way. I assured them all that I am one of their biggest fans and invested in their success."
And that wasn't the end of it.
"After speaking with our students and receiving their support, I am confident that, together, we are ready to move forward and have a wonderful year," she continued. "Stratford High is a very caring community, and I want to thank all of our parents and students who have offered their support to me and provided me with an opportunity to directly address their concern. I am very proud to be a Stratford Knight."
Now if you were one of these parents, would this be enough of an apology for you? Should she be reprimanded? What do you think?