In today's disappointing body-shaming news, one South Carolina principal recently found herself in hot water after a leaked audio recording showed her telling an assembly full of 9th and 10th-grade girls that most of them were "too fat" to wear leggings. Nope, this is not a drill.
In two separate meetings, Heather Taylor of Stratford High School spoke with students about the school's dress code—informing them that apparently there's a size cap on the ability to wear leggings. "I've told you this before, I'm going to tell you this now unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you're not fat, you look fat," Taylor says in the recording shared with WCBD.
Needless to say, both parents and students were appalled by the statements made during these meetings and took to social media to express their outrage.
"Body shaming teenage girls is uncalled for, inappropriate and unprofessional," Lacy-Thompson, the mother of a 11th grader wrote in a Facebook post, according to People. "When I spoke with her, she talked around the issue, and made excuse after excuse, effectively calling all of the students liars. My daughter is in the 11th grade and is livid. She has been ridiculed by students for her body, and shouldn't be subjected to it from teachers." (This post has since been removed.)
Taylor has since issued a formal apology and expressed that she didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings with her comments and is invested in her students' success. (Related: After Being Body Shamed For Wearing Yoga Pants, Mom Learns a Lesson In Self-Confidence)
"Yesterday and this morning, I met with each class of the Stratford High School student body. I addressed a comment made during a 10th grade assembly and shared from my heart that my intention was not to hurt or offend any of my students in any way," she said in a statement shared by WCIV ABC News 4.
"I assured them all that I am one of their biggest fans and invested in their success. After speaking with our students and receiving their support, I am confident that, together, we are ready to move forward and have a wonderful year. Stratford High is a very caring community, and I want to thank all of our parents and students who have offered their support to me and provided me with an opportunity to directly address their concern."
News flash: Being a teenage girl is hard enough as it is, so being body shamed by a principal, who's supposed to be a role model, clearly doesn't help those who might already be struggling with self-esteem. Let's hope teachers and principals around the country are listening up.