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    Joplin Teacher Body-Shames "Busty" Student



    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. A Joplin High School teacher told a student that she was too "busty" and kicked her out of class for a dress code violation, according to an attorney who represents the teen.

    Kelsey Anderson, 17, was wearing a long-sleeved maroon top and blue jeans on Friday when the teacher told Anderson that "plus-sized women" need to shop at stores that sell plus-sized clothes, according to a news release from attorney Elizabeth Turner.

    Note: large breasts are not the same as being overweight. *Duh*

    The female teacher allegedly added: "Smaller busted women could get away with more than larger busted women."Anderson said she was "mortified" that her teacher said those things in front of the class.

    The Joplin school district said in a statement that the incident is being investigated by the administration to determine if policy has been violated.

    "The District does not consider comments by staff members about students' bodies appropriate. Our staff conduct policy requires all staff members to maintain courteous and professional relationships with students," the statement said.

    Anderson's story went viral after her mother, Melissa Barber, shared photos and videos expressing her outrage to Facebook.

    In one post, Barber writes: "The teacher said 'your boobs are bigger than most girls, and you are gonna have to try harder.' She really needs to not speak to my daughter like that. What is wrong with the way this child is dressed????"

    In another, Barber said her daughter requested to be removed from the teacher's class because she was "embarrassed and horrified."

    The principal denied the request, Barber wrote.

    "I refuse to put my daughter in a situation where her self esteem is completely destroyed. She is there to learn. This whole time she was missing out on an education while we were all sitting in a room discussing her boobs. How often does this happen to your sons? Seems like another way to keep girls uneducated."

    Barber also posted a video to her Facebook page, which shows someone describing a shirt that a male student had worn to Joplin High School without any apparent repercussions.

    The person in the video said the shirt read: "Our erections are harder, stronger and last longer."

    At that point in the video her daughter, Anderson, walks in front of the camera in the maroon top and jeans that she was sent to the office for wearing.

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    Turner said, "It is sad that in this day and age, when we teach children and young adults about the dangers of bullying and body shaming with laws to protect against bullying, that we have to worry about the adults in our children's lives being the ones to hurt them. Bullying and body shaming isn't something to take lightly."

    Anderson said, "I just don't want any other girls to go through what I've been through and treated how I've been treated. I asked to be accommodated so I don't have to go back to her class, but I was told no."


    The statement from Joplin Schools said the district is not able to comment on specific incidents regarding students and school personnel.
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...lap/663920001/

    This teacher most likely needs a new profession.

    Your thoughts?

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    first blush, I'd say the teacher thinks males are unevolved pigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post




    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...lap/663920001/

    This teacher most likely needs a new profession.

    Your thoughts?
    Stories like this make me miss my mom. My mother would meet that teacher in the parking lot the same day it happened, no principal, no school board, no police, no exaggeration..
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    Do you really think these sorts of things didn't occur 30 years ago, or 50, or 100, or 150?

    When these sorts of things cropped up.... "Back Then", there wasn't social media to spread to millions for scandalous gossip, it would have been discussed in a small meeting between the student, the school's administrator, the teacher, and possibly a parent.

    The subject would have been mildly and mannerly explored, the teacher would have appologized for her poor choice of words and judgement, and the administrator would have promised to keep an eye on the situation... and that would have been the end of it!

    We cannot go around destroying lives at every stupid gaff.

    A repeated pattern of the behavior might result in a slow escalation of school admin discipline if needed, but probably it would be handled by a converastion between the teacher, and a close friend, and/or her/his parents, and/or her/his pastor. An attitude adjustment would occur with a bit of reflection, and life would go peacefully on...

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    Personally, I think jeans that tight don't look good on any body, of any shape. I see nothing wrong with the top. That said, it's inappropriate for a teacher to speak that way to/of any student in public, especially in front of her peers. If she thought that the "dress code" had been violated, it should have been turned over to admin and handled privately.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurmugeon View Post
    Do you really think these sorts of things didn't occur 30 years ago, or 50, or 100, or 150?

    When these sorts of things cropped up.... "Back Then", there wasn't social media to spread to millions for scandalous gossip, it would have been discussed in a small meeting between the student, the school's administrator, the teacher, and possibly a parent.

    The subject would have been mildly and mannerly explored, the teacher would have appologized for her poor choice of words and judgement, and the administrator would have promised to keep an eye on the situation... and that would have been the end of it!

    We cannot go around destroying lives at every stupid gaff.

    A repeated pattern of the behavior might result in a slow escalation of school admin discipline if needed, but probably it would be handled by a converastion between the teacher, and a close friend, and/or her/his parents, and/or her/his pastor. An attitude adjustment would occur with a bit of reflection, and life would go peacefully on...

    America... Just stop it!

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    I assume you are not female, and have no sisters or daughters.

    These incidents can easily derail a child's entire life. I don't think it's asking too much to require teachers from afflicting students with despair over the way their bodies have developed.

    I saw a lot of crappy teachers in my day, as I went to Catholic school through the 8th grade, back when the teachers were all nuns. But what this Joplin teacher did -- in front of the class, and without a rational basis of any kind -- is more sadistic than anything I witnessed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post




    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...lap/663920001/

    This teacher most likely needs a new profession.

    Your thoughts?
    What the teacher said was wrong, the fact she said it in front of the class means she should be fired. Is this the outfit she was wearing when the teacher said this? I find that hard to believe, she could not be more appropriately dressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurmugeon View Post
    Do you really think these sorts of things didn't occur 30 years ago, or 50, or 100, or 150?

    When these sorts of things cropped up.... "Back Then", there wasn't social media to spread to millions for scandalous gossip, it would have been discussed in a small meeting between the student, the school's administrator, the teacher, and possibly a parent.

    The subject would have been mildly and mannerly explored, the teacher would have appologized for her poor choice of words and judgement, and the administrator would have promised to keep an eye on the situation... and that would have been the end of it!

    We cannot go around destroying lives at every stupid gaff.

    A repeated pattern of the behavior might result in a slow escalation of school admin discipline if needed, but probably it would be handled by a converastion between the teacher, and a close friend, and/or her/his parents, and/or her/his pastor. An attitude adjustment would occur with a bit of reflection, and life would go peacefully on...

    America... Just stop it!

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    If she had said what she did in private I might be able to agree with you, saying it in front of other students is inexcusable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday13 View Post
    Personally, I think jeans that tight don't look good on any body, of any shape. I see nothing wrong with the top. That said, it's inappropriate for a teacher to speak that way to/of any student in public, especially in front of her peers. If she thought that the "dress code" had been violated, it should have been turned over to admin and handled privately.
    There is nothing wrong with the jeans and the majority of female students wear them just like that. But you are right, the fact it was not taken care of privately is the offense.
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    is everyone sure this is what she was wearing and this whole incident didn't take place the previous day when she was wearing a tight t-shirt and no bra? That might be different.
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