A NC Black Female Student Was Disciplined for Dress Code Violation

In March 2018 a North Carolina high school assistant principal disciplined a black female student at the end of the school day, refusing to allow her to ride the bus home because one shoulder was revealed. Targeting girls for revealing clothing sends the message that girls are responsible for boys' behavior, and that covering up can prevent sexual assault. These messages are harmful, as they teach girls to hide and that they are responsible if someone assaults them. This is victim blaming, and it doesn't treat boys and girls equally. Further, black girls are six times as likely to be suspended as white students, so an example of unnecessary discipline for a black girl is also an example of system racism.

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