A mum kicked off a storm online when she shared a series of Facebook posts, alleging her daughter was "sexualised" by her teacher in front of class.
Melissa Barber is planning to take legal action against a high school due to their 'discriminatory' dress code after her daughter was sent to the principal's office for wearing a long-sleeved blouse.
According to the posts shared by the Missouri mum, the teacher told Kelsey Anderson: ‘Your boobs are bigger than most girls, and you are gonna have to try harder.’
She also said that when Kelsey arrived in the Principal's office, she was told that "bustier women need to wear clothing that cover their cleavage" and that "plus size women need to dress accordingly."
Barber also posted a photo of her the day she was reprimanded for 'breaching' the school's dress code.
When Barber was called to the school, the principal told her that they had "never had a problem" with Kelsey before.
Kelsey's mum said in response:
"I began explaining that my daughter was just sexualized by her teacher in front of the whole class. She was embarrassed and horrified."
Barber also posted a photo pointing to the hypocrisy of the school's dress code. Her daughter standing beside a classmate who is dressed more casually.
Barber who has since removed her daughter from classes said:
I took my daughter by the hand and we left. I refuse to put my daughter in a situation where her self esteem is completely destroyed.
She is there to learn. This whole time she was missing out on an education while we were all sitting in a room discussing her boobs.
How often does this happen to your sons? Seems like another way to keep girls uneducated.
There has been an outpour of support online for the Missouri mother and daughter with some commenting that the story borders on "sexual harassment." Barber has encouraged other parents to share their stories of discriminatory dress code breaches in school and has sought legal action.