A student from Lawton, Oklahoma has had the last laugh after she was sent home from school for wearing an outfit deemed “distracting.” The student, named Rose Lynn, believed her outfit only attracted school officials because of her figure so she decided to clap back at them in the best possible way.
Now, in America, there have been many calls to arms surrounding girls and dress codes. It seems to be that they are always penalized for their attire, whereas men get to wear whatever they want. Whether it’s covering their shoulders, midriff, cleavage, arms, or thighs, girls seem to be penalized constantly for what they wear to school.
And it always seems to be the same words used in defense, especially the word “distracting.”
Students have begun to hit back, however, proposing that instead of teaching women to cover up, teaching men to not sexualize or be distracted by a woman’s body.
Rose Lynn felt the same – she posted a photo on Facebook of her outfit, which consisted of black leggings, a t-shirt, long cardigan, and boots.
In her now-deleted post, she explained how she was sent home “because I’m developed farther than the average girl my age,” and because she’s a “CURVY woman.” Rose also thinks the appropriate response shouldn’t have been to tell her to cover up, but to teach boys to “respect the boundaries of young ladies.”
Her full post read: “So today I was sent home from class, after being in school for 2 hours, for my outfit. Because I’m developed farther than the average girl my age, I am required to go home and change… Because I look like a CURVY woman and may distract young boys, I have to miss class and change my outfit. So once again, society has failed to advocate for young ladies, by confining them in a box where they are stripped from their sense of self-respect and self-expression, rather than teaching young men to respect the boundaries of young ladies. My response: #Feminism #YoullDistractTheBoys #SocietyisFailing.”
Her father, Lance Miles, agreed with his daughter: “If she was built like a board or as round as a ball she wouldn’t have been sent home but [since] she has a figure she was told she had to change,” he said in the comments of her Facebook post.
“This is 100 percent on [Lawton Public Schools] because they have left the rule up to interpretation. She has been taught that if you believe in something, do what you must and be prepared for the consequences. She has done that.”
However, on the day she was sent home, Rose had a twenty-minute exam she was supposed to take. After asking school officials if she could take the test before changing her outfit she was denied. The next day, she returned to school wearing an oversized t-shirt. On the front, penned in sharpie, was: “It doesn’t cover your crotch,” and on the back: “You’ll distract the boys.”
She was sent home again, however this time for not wearing her student ID, which she had left in the classroom when she was called to the office.
Last month, a TikTok video went viral that was organized by teenager Evita Frick-Hisaw, and it featured a walkout from lessons following the headteacher announcing the girls were showing “too much midriff”
The teen argued that her school’s dress code “is sexist towards women and perpetuates r*pe culture. It makes us very uncomfortable”.
“We as students feel like what we wear is not distracting towards others or affecting anyone’s learning environment. We should not be kicked out of school for wearing a crop top”.
Another sign, according to Evita’s Instagram, read: “Teach boys to focus, not girls to cover-up”.
What do you think about Rose’s experience over her “distracting” outfit?