Beaufort Co. School District responds to student's dress code complaint on Facebook

Beaufort Co. School District responds to student's dress code complaint on Facebook

BEAUFORT, SC (WCSC) - The principal of Beaufort High School responded Thursday to a Facebook post by a student who said she was told her skirt was "too short."

The post, which went up Tuesday at 9:26 a.m. on the Facebook account of user Carey Burgess, states Burgess and a friend had been "excused from class to venture to the vending machine because our teacher was planning to do nothing all class period, as usual." Burgess then claimed on their way back, a teacher told her, "Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home."

"Thank you for teaching me that looking good for school is NOT appropriate," the post continued.

Later in the post, Burgess wrote:

"So maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn't yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh. This is a patriarchal society and I am a woman. I have to be kept in my place, or I may do something that is so rarely seen in Beaufort High School- learn. 

You saved me, Beaufort High. As Student Body President, junior marshal, and a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows, I was heading down the path of hard drugs (good thing you're testing next year!), strip clubs, and sugar daddies. I don't where I would be without your misogynistic views."

The spokesman for Beaufort County Schools said the principal saw the post, which included photos of the outfit the student claimed she was wearing at the time the comment was made.

"What she was wearing in the picture wouldn't be a problem," the principal said, according to the district spokesperson.

"Shorts, skirts, skorts, and jumpers shall be modest and of sufficient length. The length of these articles of clothing shall be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing," the Beaufort County School District's dress code states.

The district declined to comment further on what went on inside the school, but the spokesperson said the principal called Burgess "a great kid."

In a follow-up post late Wednesday, Burgess apologized to "any teachers who feel grouped under my label of 'incompetent,'" adding she had been fortunate to have had many "caring, intelligent, and personable teachers at Beaufort High."

Burgess's initial post on Facebook has been shared more than 7,200 times since Tuesday.

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