This Teen Was Told To Put Plasters Over Nipples Because They Were "Distracting" At School
10 April 2018, 13:28
Lizzy Martinez was told that she had violated the dress code after not wearing a bra to school.
Lizzy Martinez, a 17-year-old student at Braden River High School in Florida revealed that she was asked to cover her nipples with bandages after they became a "distraction for other students."
Martinez wore a long sleeve grey Calvin Klein shirt to school without a bra underneath but was soon pulled out of class and into the school dean's office where she was told that her nipples and breasts were "distracting" other students and that she was violating school dress code policy.
She told BuzzFeed News that the dean "had me put on a second shirt and then stand up and, like, move and jump around to see how much my breasts moved. I was mortified."
The second shirt was apparently not acceptable enough because, according to Martinez, she was then sent to the nurse's office where she was told to stick band-aids over her nipples.
Lizzy took to Twitter after the ordeal and even went as far to tag the school in one of her tweets. According to the screenshots she posted on her account, they blocked her shortly after.
I decided not to wear a bra today and got pulled out of class bc one of my teachers complained that it was a “distraction to boys in my class.” My school basically told me that boys’ education is far more important than mine and I should be ashamed of my body. @Manateeschools :)— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 2, 2018
*school has student put bandaids over her nipples because it is a “distraction” then blocks them for calling them out on sexualizing her* :/ pic.twitter.com/x8dEDYjh2c— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 3, 2018
People have flocked to support Lizzy on social media after the humiliating experience.
#lizzymartinez I’m sorry you were humiliated like that. They crossed a line asking you to move around and jump so they could “see how they jiggled”. That’s just... way fucking unnecessary. I’m so sorry. You deserve better.— /kē'rŭ/ (@0asissss) April 9, 2018
Ya’ll this whole #LizzyMartinez thing made me realize that the school sexually abused this girl by making her move and jump to see how her boobs jiggled.— Ms Marvelous (@dearzindaagi) April 9, 2018
As a teacher, you don’t need to check if your student’s boobs are jiggling to much you fucking donkeys.
I wonder if all girls stopped wearing bras, would they not be allowed educational opportunities? Just wondering. #lizzymartinez— lizdup 🦋 (@LizzieDupree) April 9, 2018
I am mortified at the #lizzymartinez story!!! They made her jump up and down to see how much her boobs moved?! Stop sexualizing teens and teach boys/older adults who can’t control their thoughts to GROW UP. Bra’s should not be mandatory. #freethenip— Amy Crump (@amy_crump) April 9, 2018
Blocking so many asshats over this #LizzyMartinez story.— The Girl With The Daria Tattoo 🙋🏽♀️ (@DizzyTypeBroad) April 10, 2018
She did nothing wrong. She was humiliated and sexualized and it’s fucking gross. Be better than this.
Wild, right? Fair enough if the school acted because they were concerned about HER well-being (Martinez expressed that she felt she was being bullied by other students) but by chalking her body up to a "distraction" for other students and teachers alongside the inappropriate jumping up and down? In what world is that ok to do to a woman, let alone a 17-year-old?! At school?!
Soon after Lizzy and her mother Kari Knop took to social media last week to discuss the issue, the school district's counsel released a statement regarding the situation - noting that it was mishandled but a dress code violation had been broken.
"This matter was brought to the attention of the Superintendent’s Office for review. It is undisputed that this matter should have been handled differently at the school level and corrective measures have been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the way these matters will be addressed in the future," Mitchell Teitelbaum said. "There was a violation of the School Dress Code and it was an appropriate matter to address by the School. It is clear the intent of school officials was to assist the student in addressing the situation. No disciplinary action was taken in relation to the student."
The school's dress code is reportedly being amended to require bras and undergarments, according to Knop.
Lizzy has not yet returned to school because she feels uncomfortable going back to a teacher who complained about her breasts. She also told BuzzFeed News: "I find it hard to believe that someone saw my boob jiggle and it was the end of the world for them."