Teen girl sent home from school for 'inappropriate' outfit

Nadine Carroll
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A 17-year-old girl has been sent home from school over concerns her outfit might make a male student teacher "feel awkward".

Karis Wilson, from Canada, was pulled from her Year 12 class on Wednesday and told her dress "reminded her female teacher of a lingerie outfit" and had the potential to make a male student teacher "feel uncomfortable".

The student's frustrated father, Christopher Wilson, then posted about the incident on Facebook, calling the decision "absurd" and saying his daughter was left in tears.

With his daughter's permission, Mr Wilson shared an image of the teenager wearing the outfit she was sent home for – a knee-length black dress with a lace trim worn over a long-sleeved white turtleneck.

Karis Wilson in a a knee-length black dress with lace trim worn over a long-sleeved white turtleneck.
Karis Wilson, 17, was asked to leave class because her outfit (pictured) was making her teachers 'feel uncomfortable'. Source: Facebook

Mr Wilson said in his Facebook Live video any teacher distracted by the clothing of students was in the wrong profession.

"I’m frustrated, I’m hurt, I’m disappointed in the system," Mr Wilson said.

The father added he requested to see the official dress code for the NorKam Senior Secondary school in British Columbia.

It stated students were prohibited from wearing any clothing promoting alcohol or tobacco use, wearing anything that depicts nudity, wearing clothing with offensive language and wearing clothing that is ‘distracting'.

"It's actually a very modest outfit when you actually look at it ... I think the initial comments were based on the fact that it had lace," Mr Wilson said in the Facebook video which has received more than 79,000 views.

Teen girl 'really broken up' over ordeal

The concerned father said his daughter was "really broken up" after she was sent home from school.

When he asked her how he could support her, she told her father she wanted to make sure other students wouldn't go through the same experience.

"Please stand with Karis and I and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again," Mr Wilson wrote on Facebook along with the hashtag #Imwithkaris.

The impassioned speech drew hundreds of positive comments from people praising Mr Wilson for standing up for his daughter and many were left outraged by the school's actions.

"A female’s education is far more important than how she is dressed! If somebody else’s choice of clothing makes you uncomfortable then that is entirely on you!" one person responded.

"So, the female teacher perpetuated rape culture, shamed a young woman?" another user commented.

NorKam students students protesting Karis Wilson's being asked to go home because of her outfit
Karis’ fellow NorKam students walked out of classrooms holding signs in solidarity. Source: Facebook

Students stand by Karis Wilson

In the wake of the incident, Karis’ fellow NorKam students walked out of classrooms holding signs in solidarity.

“My education is more important than what I wear,” one sign read.

“Am I distracting you with my “midrift”?” Another student wrote on a sign.

“I’m not my dress" another sign said.

Mr Wilson told local news outlet CBC seeing the students supporting his daughter was a "silver lining" to a negative experience.

"There was a female who was singled out because what she's wearing could make someone in a position of power over her feel uncomfortable. And the more you think of it, the more you say it, the more you understand that this is absurd," Mr Wilson said.

A spokesperson for the school district released a statement to Daily Mail stating they were currently reviewing the incident and treating the allegations seriously, but would not comment on the incident specifically.

“Whenever a parent is concerned about their child at school we want to work with them for the best outcome for the student,” a NorKam spokesperson said.

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