One Florida mother is tearing into her local school district after her high school aged daughter was removed from class due to a sexist dress code violation. Apparently, Melissa McKinlay’s daughter was wearing a pair of jeans with a rip around one of the knees when male administrators came into her classroom as she was taking a quiz and told her to “consider the guys in her class and their hormones.”
Beyond being a justifiably concerned parent, McKinlay’s words carry quite a bit of weight, as the West Palm Beach mom also happens to also be the mayor of her county. And when she found out that her daughter had been given an in-school suspension, she was livid.
“I’m sorry but EXCUSE ME?” McKinlay continued. “Perhaps she should have worn a different pair of jeans. But why should she have to worry about dressing a certain way to curtail a boy’s potential behavior?”
Then there was the matter of the rather transparent double standard that was taking place. She noted that many boys will come to their school with their knees exposed while no one says anything. McKinlay went on to call out the school for sexism and victim blaming.
So…Mom rant. Dear Palm Beach County School District:My daughter wore a pair of jeans today to school. They had a…
“A boy’s potential inability to control his hormones warrants my daughter’s inability to attend her classes today and miss valuable curriculum?” she said. “A male administrator yanked her out of a classroom because of a d–n KNEE? Did he pull the boys out who were wearing shorts? They have TWO knees showing?”
Despite the fact that McKinlay faced some backlash from other parents who were in agreement with the school, she stands by her assertion that it’s not about the dress code violation, but rather the fact that her daughter was told to consider a bunch of boys hormones for exposing one knee through ripped jeans.
“The lesson I taught her, as I have done countless times to women across this county through my advocacy, is if a boy were to ever hurt her, harass her, assault her, or rape her, it is NOT her fault and her outfit is NEVER to blame,” she said in a separate Facebook post. “I remain absolutely unapologetic for the life lessons I’ve taught her. And it is a shame the media and members of the public fail to recognize why I was upset. Imagine someone basically telling your child that if she was raped, it was her fault because she wore ripped jeans.”