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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Joplin, Mo., mom says a teacher called her 17-year-old daughter "busty" and "plus-sized" and kicked her out of class for wearing a blouse that "didn't cover her cleavage properly."

Melissa Barber says Kelsey Anderson was singled out at Joplin High School last Friday because her long-sleeved blouse and jeans violated the dress code, Fox News reports.

Barber shared a photo of the outfit on her Facebook page and wrote:

"This is the shirt that just got my 17-year-old dress coded."
"The teacher said, ‘Your boobs are bigger than most girls, and you are gonna have to try harder.'

Barber says her daughter was sent to the principal's office by a female child development teacher after being "sexualized" in front of classmates.

"Bustier women need to wear clothing that covers their cleavage" and "plus-sized women need to dress accordingly," the teacher said, according to Barber.

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The teacher should be punished or fired for speaking about the student that way in front of the class.

As to whether it's a dress code violation, it doesn't look like one, but she might have worn it differently in school before she got in trouble.

The high school here had a vice principal handle all dress code violation issues. They were strict with girls, as our niece discovered to her dismay, and there was one glaring example of hypocrisy: The rule requiring skirts to be close to the knees in length was ignored for cheerleaders wearing their outfits on pep rally days.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2017-09-13 01:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Based on what the teacher said I was expecting this girl to have a bigger rack than what I saw in the pictures.

#2 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-09-13 01:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"She really needs to not speak to my daughter like that. What is wrong with the way this child is dressed????"

I found it more interesting a story that the teacher was female, not male, that addressed the clothes.

As for the picture, notice the top is tied? If there was anything revealing, it wasn't tied.

#3 | Posted by Petrous at 2017-09-13 01:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#1 ... The teacher should be punished or fired for speaking about the student that way in front of the class. ...

This, imo, was the more egregious violation. This was a definitive decision by the teacher with no real grey area.

The clothing guidelines part is a more subjective issue. I did not see anything wrong with the way the student was dressed, I've seen more revealing clothes in a professional work environment. But it is subjective based upon what the school says is their dress code.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-09-13 01:54 PM | Reply

#3 Yep. My bet is that it wasn't tied in class.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-13 01:55 PM | Reply

It doesn't matter whether it was tied or not. You don't sexualize a kid in front of everyone.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-09-13 02:14 PM | Reply

Dress codes are put in place because men and boys can't control themselves.

#8 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-13 03:26 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

I had to go and pick my kid up from school one fine day.

She wore a dress.

The dress was plenty long enough. The problem was it had lace sleeves. Apparently boys and male teachers get excited when they can vaguely see the portion of a girl's arm that gets covered if she wears a short sleeved t-shirt.

I took her shopping that night and bought her a shirt that was 100% lace and had her wear it the next day with a tank top under it. She didn't get sent home...

#9 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-13 03:30 PM | Reply

"The teacher should be punished or fired for speaking about the student that way in front of the class."

So many people jump to that kind of conclusion. No one should lose their job unless they did some illegal or egregious. This lady should be fired. Maybe suspended for a day or two and certainly in-serviced. And every bit of evidence in the article is from one person.

#10 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 04:43 PM | Reply

No one should lose their job unless they did some illegal or egregious.

I said "punished or fired" to account for a more lenient punishment than firing if circumstances warrant.

But if she spoke about a student being "busty" and referenced her "cleavage" in front of a classroom of students, that's an egregiously abusive act.

#11 | Posted by rcade at 2017-09-13 06:25 PM | Reply

RCADE, I generally tend to agree, but I believe that most employees who act inappropriately are either ignorant (ignorance can be fixed), made a snap decision that could have been wrong or stupid.

#12 | Posted by jamesgelliott at 2017-09-13 09:24 PM | Reply

Female teacher humiliates girl in front of class for being 'busty'. Why did I assume (wrongly) this story came out of Florida? It just seems so... Floridian.

#13 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-09-14 12:06 PM | Reply

Maybe they do thing different there but shouldn't they call the parents and hash this out.

#14 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-09-14 09:31 PM | Reply

Anybody want to bet that the teacher is a flat chested old biddy who was jealous?

#15 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-09-15 09:37 AM | Reply

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