Teacher told US teen she was too busty during class

Last updated 08:30 14/09/2017
Melissa Barber, Facebook

This is the outfit Kelsey Anderson was wearing on the day she was told she needed to shop for larger clothes.

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A Missouri teenager says a high school teacher told her during class that she was too "busty'' and that "plus-sized women'' need to shop at stores that sell larger clothing.

The 17-year-old was sent to the office at Joplin High School for a dress code violation, last week. The teacher also told Kelsey that "smaller busted women could get away with more than larger busted women.''

The Joplin School District said in a statement that it doesn't consider staff comments "about students' bodies appropriate'' and is investigating whether there was a violation of a policy requiring staff to "maintain courteous and professional relationships with students.''

Kelsey's mum, Melissa Barber, shared a picture on Facebook of what the teen was wearing that day - a burgundy long-sleeved, laced, V-neck shirt and jeans with ripped knees.

Barber felt the principal defended the teacher, while her daughter was "embarrassed and horrified".

She wrote: "This whole time she was missing out on an education while we were all sitting in a room discussing her boobs. How often does this happen to your sons? Seems like another way to keep girls uneducated."

"I was mortified by my teacher, of all people, saying something like this in front of my class,'' Kelsey said. "When I was pulled into a meeting with the principal, he told me that he had never heard of me being victimised before and he didn't really believe what I said.''

The teen's lawyer, Elizabeth Turner, said in the statement that "body shaming isn't something to take lightly,'' noting that suicide rates among teenage girls are on the rise.

"It is sad that in this day and age, when we teach children and young adults about the dangers of bullying and body shaming with laws to protect against bullying, that we have to worry about the adults in our children's lives being the ones to hurt them,'' Turner said.

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