A Facebook post from the mother of a young woman at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, SC has brought national attention down on the principal of that school. Heather Taylor, the principal of the school that serves grades 9-12, addressed a freshman and sophomore assembly at the school by body-shaming every girl present over their clothing.
Taylor, in both her own and in student accounts of the incident (which were significantly different), admitted to having told the girls present that bodies beyond a size 0 or size 2 are not meant to accommodate leggings, the stretchy pants popular with women of all ages, sizes, and styles.
Lacy Thompson-Harper, the mother of an 11th-grade student at Stratford, said her daughter was “livid” at the school administrator, having already had to deal with ridicule over her body from her peers:
After getting called out, the principal’s admission stated only that she had counseled the girls that they “may have been able to get away with” wearing the fashion in middle school, “now that you have a figure” the leggings are “not flattering. That wasn’t the experience of many students who indicated that Taylor’s remarks were less tactful. The confusion was cleared up when audio of the principal’s statement surfaced. The recording clearly shows Taylor being far less polite:
I’m going to tell you now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, you look fat.”
After the audio was obtained by WCBD-TV, Principal Taylor agreed to apologize to all of the girls in the school, and to Ms. Thompson-Harper.
Hopefully, an explanation that body-shaming is inappropriate in any setting, regardless of age, size, or aesthetic preference will accompany the much-needed apology.
You can listen to the audio of Principal Heather Taylor’s remarks here:
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