Student Body President Fights Back After Getting Dress-Coded Over This Skirt

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This is 17-year-old Carey Burgess. She's the student body President at her South Carolina high school, a junior marshal, the recipient of her state's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and...a dress code violator?!

We've seen some crazy school dress code rules, but when we looked at Carey's outfit, we couldn't figure out how she could have possibly violated even the most extreme dress code. Turns out, the school felt her skirt was "too short." Yes, seriously. And she received an in-school suspension as a result.

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In a powerful post on Facebook, which has already been shared over 6000 times, Carey explained exactly what happened when she stepped on campus wearing the wildly inappropriate :::sarcasm level = high:::: outfit.

Today, I wore this outfit to Beaufort High School. About 20 minutes into the day, my friend and I were excused from class to venture to the vending machine because our teacher was planning to do nothing all class period, as usual. On our way back, I learned something very important about myself: I am a whore.

As I was walking down the hallway, I heard a voice behind me. "Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home." Thank you, Mrs. Woods. 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. 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. How could I go on without a certain math teacher making sexist jokes all class? How could I survive without my science professor letting me know I am an inferior woman? Yes, I am a woman. I am woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School. All of us are. Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders.

She also told the Beaufort Gazette that the "shaky" dress code has sometimes resulted in her being dress-coded for that striped sweater, while other times it's been fine.

Pleeeease take me back

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For what it's worth, the school's principal said that the outfit she was wearing seemed to be within the dress code, and said that he thinks her post went viral more because of her writing ability than a problem with the school. "That's what it was, you can feel the emotion in her words," he told the Beaufort Gazette. "Something like that, that's impressive."

Carey told BuzzFeed that she and the principal had a good conversation about it. "I am very pleased with the principal's response to the situation; he treated me as an adult and not a rebellious teenager," she told them.

We're glad they were able to talk it out and hopefully that will bring about a positive change for other students feeling stressed by strict dress codes, too - not just at Beaufort High School, but everywhere!
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