Teen, 17, Sent Home From School For Inappropriate Outfit, Sparks Outrage



A young teen was recently pulled from her Year 12 class and was informed that her dress could make a male student teacher feel uncomfortable. Karis Wilson from Canada had rocked a knee-length dress with lace trim over a full-sleeved white turtleneck but was sent home after a female teacher told administrators that her outfit was inappropriate. Karis is a student of Norkam Senior Secondary School in Kamloops, British Columbia, and as described by the teacher, her outfit is equally a portrayal of a lingerie outfit. Taking the matter to heart, Karis' dad, Christopher Wilson, took to Facebook to talk about the incident, dubbing the act absurd and revealing his daughter was left in tears. 

Karis Wilson from Canada was pulled from her Year 12 class and was informed that her dress could make a male student teacher feel uncomfortable

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With Karis’s permission, Mr. Wilson uploaded a photo of his daughter wearing the outfit she was sent home for, and expectedly it did spark outrage online. The clip, in particular, has gone viral and has also been viewed over 77K times with comments. Today, my daughter was sent home for wearing clothing that made her female teacher and her male student teacher feel uncomfortable. Centered out in front of her class and told she needs to leave class and brought her to the VP’s before she went home in tears.’ Mr. Wilson said in his Facebook post. 

Taking the matter to heart, Karis' dad, Christopher Wilson, took to Facebook to talk about the incident and dubbed it absurd

'I am frustrated; I’m hurt, I’m disappointed in the system.' Mr. Wilson said

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‘After asking her how she would like me to handle it, she said she wanted to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen to the students that come after her. Please stand with Karis and I and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again. I am frustrated; I’m hurt, I’m disappointed in the system.’ Mr. Wilson added. The dad claimed he requested to see the official dress code for the Norkam Senior Secondary School. It stated that students were prohibited from wearing any clothing promoting alcohol or tobacco, wearing anything that depicts nudity, wearing clothes with offensive language, and distracting dress. 

Mr. Wilson uploaded a photo of his daughter wearing the outfit she was sent home for, and expectedly it did spark outrage online

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Daily Mail has since reached out to a spokesperson for the school district on the subject matter. But reported that the spokesperson declined to identify the teacher nor make her available for interviews instead referred the news agency to a statement from Dr. Terry Sullivan, the superintendent of schools.  


The statement reads: ‘School District No. 73 (Kamloops-Thompson) is aware of the incident regarding a grade 12 student and dress code at Norkam Secondary on Feb 23, 2021. We understand the parent is concerned about what happened to his daughter at school yesterday.’ ‘We are also concerned about these allegations and are treating them seriously. The incident is under review; we will not comment on the incident specifically. Whenever a parent is concerned about their child at school, we want to work with them for the best outcome for the student.’ 

Several other women and girls have shared photos of themselves on social media wearing similar outfits to show solidarity

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Nonetheless, several other women and girls have shared photos of themselves on social media wearing similar outfits. Accordingly, Mr. Wilson’s post has been inundated with comments and support for Karis. ‘A female education is far more important than how she’s dressed! If somebody else’s choice of clothing makes you uncomfortable, then that’s entirely on you!’ A Facebook user wrote.  

Mr. Wilson’s post has also been inundated with comments and support for Karis

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On the other hand, Karis’ classmate at Norkam also staged a walkout in solidarity. Many of them held up signs that read: ‘I am not my dress, my education is more important than what I wear, and am I distracting you with my midriff?’

Likewise, Karis’ classmate at Norkam Senior Secondary School in Kamloops, British Columbia also staged a walkout

Many of them held up signs that read: ‘I am not my dress!'

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