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Show us your Butt

September 5, 2010 permalink

Think mom and dad are the main child abusers? Montreal student Julie wore shorts to school to beat the heat, planning to change into regulation pants when she got there. Instead school workers forced her to strip in the parking lot. Enclosed is the English version of her story, refer to LCN for the original and a TV interview in French.



Teen says she was forced to strip in school parking lot

Montreal student, Julie, says she was forced to undress in school parking lot.
(QMI Agency)

MONTREAL – A Montreal student says she was forced to undress in her high school parking lot by teachers because her shorts contravened the school dress code.

The 16-year-old student told LCN, a French all-news channel in Quebec, that she intended to change out of her black micro-shorts when she got to school on Thursday, her second day.

“I take the (public) bus to get to school,” she said, adding that Montreal is in the middle of a late summer heat wave.

“In the morning it’s packed so it’s even hotter.”

But the student, offering only her first name – Julie - claims school administrators refused to even let her in the building so she could change into a pair of knee-length shorts she had in her backpack.

The teen maintains one of her teachers brought her between two cars in the school’s parking lot where she was told to change.

“People laughed because it was so ridiculous,” she said. “We can’t show our thighs but we can show our butt. It doesn’t make sense.”

She said she wished she had refused to undress outdoors.

“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” she said. “I cried while I changed.”

Administrators at Paul-Gerin-Lajoie-D’outremont refused to comment on the teen’s allegations but the school commission confirmed that a meeting has been scheduled between teachers and the girl’s mother next Thursday.

“The first step is to talk to the family,” said Jean-Michel Nahas, a spokesman for the Marguerite Bourgeoys school commission.

“We want all the information before we take any action.”

Nahas said about 30 students, along with Julie, were warned about their attire on the first day of school. A memo was sent home to parents depicting the school’s dress code and warning them their children would be sent home if it wasn’t followed.