Re: KTW’s article of Feb. 24 regarding a NorKam student being sent out of class due to the outfit she was wearing (‘Is this outfit inappropriate for a Kamloops classroom?’)
I no longer live in Kamloops, but I was born and raised there and was a high school student at Brock not that long ago.
The article reports the student was told by her "English teacher, a woman, that her outfit was making her and a male student teacher uncomfortable." This exceedingly bright young woman's comment speaks for itself: “But it’s not my fault that I remind you of something sexual. You shouldn’t be thinking about me in that manner."
She's hit the nail on the head. It is extremely concerning that a bit of lace on this student's dress was enough to cause her teacher and the student teacher (who are adults) to think about her (a minor) in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. They then chose to take that discomfort and prioritize it over this student's learning, causing her shame and disruption. She was evidently hauled out of class and into the principal's office because grown adults were having inappropriate thoughts about her.
I hope the teachers involved take this opportunity to reflect on their behaviour. I also hope the school administration and the school district take this opportunity to re-evaluate the way they police their dress code.
Finally, I hope this young woman gets the public apology she deserves from everyone involved.
Caitlin Dick (Noble)