This Principal's 'Size Zero' Dress Code Will Make Your Head Explode


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High school students can be mean, but one high school principal just proved that she can be much crueler when it comes to passing judgments on students' bodies and how they dress.

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Heather Taylor, principal of Stratford High School in South Carolina, told her ninth and tenth grade students her thoughts on leggings during two different school assemblies -- and her harsh words are shocking both students and parents. "I'm going to tell you now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, you look fat," Taylor can be heard saying in a recording made during the lecture.

After one infuriated mom heard how Taylor "body-shamed an entire student body," she immediately spoke to the principal and shared her thoughts on Facebook. "While going over the dress code -- instead of simply stating that the district prohibits leggings -- [Taylor] states she told the girls that although they may have been able to get away with wearing leggings in middle school while they had no figure, that now that they are not a size 0/2, and have curves, that leggings are not flattering," Lacy Thompson-Harper wrote. "She brought size and her own opinion into it, and admitted that she said it."

However, Thompson-Harper said that she spoke to several students who don't know each other and each claimed that Taylor told the gathered kids something quite different: Leggings will make them look fat, even if they aren't -- unless they are a size 0 or 2.

"Body shaming teenage girls is uncalled for, inappropriate and unprofessional," she wrote. "When I spoke with [Taylor], she talked around the issue, and made excuse after excuse, effectively calling all of the students liars."

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Although Thompson-Harper's daughter is in the eleventh grade and wasn't in attendance at either assembly, she is still livid over the way her principal openly criticized female bodies. "She has been ridiculed by students for her body, and shouldn't be subjected to it from teachers," Thompson-Harper wrote.

It was also important to Thompson-Harper to point out that Taylor made this statement on more than one occasion, and so it can't be overlooked as a one-time mistake. "I feel that parents need to know what was said by a woman who is an educator, and is supposed to be a role model for these kids," she wrote. "Right now, I'm a very angry parent, with a very angry daughter."

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Allison Veazey is one of Heather's students, and as a teen who wears leggings outside of school, she took the principal's negative words personally. "It was very hurtful," she told WCBD-TV. "I felt like my size made me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear. I wear leggings outside of school and I wear leggings when I go and hang out with my friends, and to think that someone would think that I look like a stuffed sausage -- that was kind of hurtful."

The last thing young girls need to be reminded of is that everyone is constantly judging their bodies -- no matter what size they are -- especially from someone who's supposed to be a strong female leader.

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