Students and parents alike are outrages after South Carolina high school principal Heather Taylor gave a message about wearing leggings: Don’t do it unless you’re a size 2 or smaller.
“I’m going to tell you now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, you look fat,” the Stratford High School principal told an assembly.
A size two and size zero are ridiculously small. Often, that is a size worn by either petite girls, or girls that have no yet hit the time of puberty when their hips widen and they gain a little weight.
To be honest, I don’t think I was ever a size 2. I remember a short period of time when I fit into size 5 in middle school, but once I hit high school, I was a solid 7. I wasn’t overweight either. In fact, I was active in softball and stayed in shape.
Even my sister, who is extremely petite, does not even fit into a size 2 at age 18.
What I am getting at here, is that a size 0 or 2 is extremely unrealistic. For Taylor to make sure comments is absurd.
Taylor’s comments sparked immediate backlash in the community, with many students saying they felt personally attacked by her statement.
“I’m not a size zero and I kind of felt targeted because of my size,” Allison Veazey, a Sophomore at Stratford High, told WCBD.
“It was really hurtful because it made me feel like my size made me look disgusting toward someone in the clothes that I wear,” she continued. “And to think that someone would think that I would look like a sausage, that was kind of hurtful.”
Taylor allegedly apologized for her statement. She said that she is “so remorseful” and “learned a lesson.”
She said, “You learn, no matter what, every single day you learn.” Taylor continued, “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. I am very proud to be a Stratford Knight.”