A Florida high-school student was reprimanded by school administrators for not wearing a bra one day this week as they told her to cover her nipples “because they were distracting her classmates.”
Lizzy Martinez, 17, said she felt humiliated by school officials after she decided not to wear a bra under her gray long-sleeve shirt on Monday. School officials in Bradenton said Martinez became the target of other students’ stares.
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Martinez shared that her ordeal started when School Dean Violeta Velazquez called her into the office. Martinez then confided that she felt like she was being bullied by fellow students, but Velazquez chose to focus instead on the alleged “distraction” the teenager is causing.
Martinez told the local paper The Bradenton Herald, “She told me that I needed to put a shirt on under my long-sleeve shirt to try to tighten my breasts- to constrict them. And then she asked me to move around.”
But apparently, for the school officials and staff, the second shirt Martinez had to put on was still not enough, because she was sent to the nurse’s office. The nurse then handed Martinez four bandages, two to cover each nipple. The act made Martinez cry. The dress code reminds student to observe personal cleanliness, grooming and neatness. The dress code, however, does not specifically address or require putting on bras.
Martinez and her mom wanted answers for what the school made the teenager do, or how they made her feel. The mom particularly said that the boys should have been educated to look at people’s faces and not to objectify their bodies and sexualize them.
It is not clear if Martinez and her family are filing a case against the school.