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This High School Student Was Told To Cover Herself Up So "Going Bra-less" Protest Started In Her School

Lena C
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The fight around clothing regulations in schools is a topic that splits the public in half. There's the issue of teenager girls who are forbidden to wear any type of clothing that is not covering enough skin,  but rather now the issue has shifted and focused around the thing that lies underneath their clothes...Yes, now the topic shifted to the idea of wearing bras in school.
No matter what type of garment is on top of the girls, as long as a bra is missing, they could be sent home for not following the dress code. 
Not long ago, a story of one teenager was covered on the local news about how she had faced some reaction for how she was dressed. This time she had the help of every one of her fellow students who wanted to express their freedom of choice, and criticizing the school for focusing on what they wear or the lack of it, instead of actually focusing on educating them about their ability of self-expression. 

Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Juvik was sitting in her classroom trying to finish up one of the homework given to her that day. She thought this is going to be a typical day, but she was mistaken.

Eighteen-year-old Kaitlyn Juvik was sitting in her classroom trying to finish up one of the homework given to her that day. She thought this is going to be a typical day, but she was mistaken.

While still minding her school work, she was interrupted when asked to go to the vice principal's office. 
Kaitlyn was surprised and did not know what happened, and when she met with the vice principal, he explained to her that one of the male teachers complained that he felt uncomfortable due to the fact that she went without wearing a bra that day. 

Kaitlyn was shocked to hear it, she may not have been wearing a bra, but she does use nipple stickers to cover herself up, this way she is not having to suffer wearing irritating bras, without breaking the dress code. At least not the dress codes she formally knew.

Kaitlyn was shocked to hear it, she may not have been wearing a bra, but she does use nipple stickers to cover herself up, this way she is not having to suffer wearing irritating bras, without breaking the dress code. At least not the dress codes she formally knew.

So if she was not breaking any rules, why was she in trouble in the first place?

Kaitlyn added that this complaint is bizarre especially when you consider the fact that she did not wear a bra for over a year, so why was it a problem just now?

Kaitlyn added that this complaint is bizarre especially when you consider the fact that she did not wear a bra for over a year, so why was it a problem just now?

If her usual daily clothes were not matching the dress codes of the school, how was she allowed to do so for more than one year before getting scolded all of a sudden? 

Kaitlyn decided to upload a picture of her wearing the same shirt she was wearing when she was sent to the vice principle's office. Here is how she looked like that day.

Kaitlyn decided to upload a picture of her wearing the same shirt she was wearing when she was sent to the vice principle's office. Here is how she looked like that day.

The shirt is with full sleeves, dark, non-transparent, and fully covered. How is that something that is not following the dress code of the school? What was so wrong with how she looked she asked. And she was not alone in this battle. 

"When I exiting the vice principle's office, I was so furious to the point that I posted a photo of what I was wearing on Facebook, telling everybody:

'On the off chance that any of you are interested, this is the shirt I was wearing when I was scolded.' I most certainly wasn't wearing anything against the clothing standards of the school's dress code."

Principal Steve Thennis admits that undergarments are outside the dress code norms. He added that while the dress codes do not include the presence (or lack) of somebody's undergarments he does asks the students dress appropriately.

Principal Steve Thennis admits that undergarments are outside the dress code norms. He added that while the dress codes do not include the presence (or lack) of somebody's undergarments he does asks the students dress appropriately.

..."and on the off chance that we feel it is inappropriate, male or female, we will request that they cover up."
Kaitlyn was not alone to feel that her freedom was taken from her without a good cause, and following her Facebook post, other students started protesting. 

One of her companions, Brooke Lanier, made a Facebook page called "No Bra, No Issue" trying to help.

One of her companions, Brooke Lanier, made a Facebook page called

"The issue here is not supposed to be focusing on Kaitlyn's clothing, but rather the problem of a teacher who is unable to look away ," said Brooke.

Moreover, 300 females from the same high school went braless as a way to join this battle and change the outdated norms.

Moreover, 300 females from the same high school went braless as a way to join this battle and change the outdated norms.

"As ages have advanced and ladies would now be able to wear pants, I trust our development will enable our age to advance to break even with treatment of male and female breasts and further sexual orientation uniformity as a rule."

Kaitlyn's story was getting even a portion of the male students to wear bras as their own way to protest against the outdated codes.

Kaitlyn's story was getting even a portion of the male students to wear bras as their own way to protest against the outdated codes.

Seventeen-year-old Samuel Tinsley says he feels the school was erroneously dress coding her and that advising her to conceal was a "wrong and juvenile" request.

Watch the video of the protest here:

"When I heard they were attempting to force on Kaitlyn's self-expression, it extremely hurt me as well. Today is Kaitlyn, but who knows who will be on the front line tomorrow? Will something I wear become problematic too all of a sudden?" said Samuel.

"By forcing her to go back to her home to change her clothes or asking her to cover up with fitting attire, they're fundamentally saying that a male education is more important than hers. What is so upsetting is the fact that Kaitlyn was not wearing anything that would have been against the dress code, the only thing this request actually breaks is her freedom to self-express. 

No place in the high school handbook states that students are not permitted to go without a bra.

No place in the high school handbook states that students are not permitted to go without a bra.

“The fact that I was told it makes people uncomfortable offended me because it’s my body," said Kaitlyn. “It's my natural body and I’m not sure why that is uncomfortable to somebody.

"In any case, rather, maybe the school should begin teaching young men not to sexualize ladies' bodies. Wearing a bra is an individual decision. It's my body. Why is it any other person's business whether I'm wearing a bra, particularly when I'm concealed and dressed fittingly?"

Kaitlyn has since graduated even decided to go without a bra on her graduation ceremony.

Kaitlyn has since graduated even decided to go without a bra on her graduation ceremony.

She will go to cosmetology school in Spokane, Washington and keeps on standing up as the "Braless Warrior."

"I feel choked out wearing a bra. So anyone who has an issue with that should simply look the other way and get over it."

It is quite impressive to see hundreds of students unite together to help bring modern thoughts and ideas outdated dress code system that was met by the school administration. 

Do you agree with the decision of the vice principal to ask Kaitlyn to cover up even if it was not, in fact, a dress code rule of the school, or rather that she had the full right to have the freedom of choice when it comes to her clothing?Share with us your opinion in the comments.

Do you agree with the decision of the vice principal to ask Kaitlyn to cover up even if it was not, in fact, a dress code rule of the school, or rather that she had the full right to have the freedom of choice when it comes to her clothing?Share with us your opinion in the comments.

Share with us your opinion in the comments