A17-year-old girl was sent home from her school in Canada for wearing an outfit that was deemed "inappropriate" by the authorities. The student's father, Christopher Wilson, claimed that a teacher at NorKam Senior Secondary School told that her clothing reminded her "of a lingerie outfit", according to a report in Metro.
The report said the teenager was wearing a long sleeve white turtle neck jumper underneath a knee-length black dress with a lace trim. The female teacher reportedly told her the outfit could "possibly make a male student teacher feel awkward".
The student was pulled out of her class and taken to the principal, who also agreed the outfit was "inappropriate". The principal said the school's dress code bans students from wearing clothing "that is distracting to teaching or learning".
The day after the incident, her friends staged a walk-out to show support. After the father complained, the principal allegedly told him the teacher who had sent her daughter home was "a little bit old school".
In a Facebook post, Wilson said, "Today, my daughter was sent home for wearing clothing that made her female teacher and her male student teacher feel uncomfortable... Please stand with Karis and I and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again."
"I am frustrated, I am hurt. I am disappointed in the system. I am pretty upset at this happening in 2021," he further said.
Emphasizing that there was nothing wrong with the outfit, Chris told CBC, "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. 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."
Wilson, however, said the vice-principal and principal handled the situation well and the school district superintendent had reached out, according to a CBC News report.
"We are also concerned about these allegations and are treating them seriously. The incident is currently under review," a statement from the superintendent of schools said.
The incident has also generated widespread outrage on social media after Christopher's video went viral.