Some NorKam secondary students stepped out of last class at 2 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 24), joining a group of about 50 classmates in a walkout to offer support for Grade 12 student Karis Wilson.
With placards and raising their voices together, students chanted, “I stand for Karis” in response to the Grade 12 student being pulled from class and eventually sent home for clothing she was wearing earlier this week.
Karis told KTW her outfit of a lace-edged, knee-length dress over top a turtleneck undershirt drew the attention of her Grade 12 teacher. Karis said her female teacher told her the clothing was making the teacher and a male student teacher uncomfortable.
Karis was also in the walk-out, speaking to local media and repeating what she had told KTW on Tuesday.
"It’s not my fault that I remind you of something sexual," she said. "You shouldn’t be thinking about me in that manner.”
On Tuesday Kamloops This Week reached out to School District 73 for comment on this story, At noon on Wednesday, the school district sent out this statement via email:
“School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) is aware of the incident regarding a grade 12 student and dress code at NorKam Secondary on Feb. 23, 2021. We understand the parent is concerned about what happened to his daughter at school yesterday. We are also concerned about these allegations and are treating them seriously. The incident is currently under review. We will not comment on the incident specifically. Whenever a parent is concerned about their child at school we want to work with them for the best outcome for the student.”