Stratford High School Principal Heather Taylor was recorded telling female students that if they’re not a size 0 or 2, they should not be wearing leggings.
According to a report by the local news station, WCBD News 2, the South Carolina principal discouraged female students from wearing tights at a 10th grade dress code assembly on August 22.
In a recording obtained by the local news station, Taylor is heard saying: “I’ve told you this before, I’m going to tell you this now. Unless you’re a size zero or a two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat.”
Although the school’s dress code says “leggings, tights, yoga pants and spandex must be worn under clothing that cover to mid-thigh,” it says nothing about having to be a certain size to wear these types of pants.
Many students and parents were furious over the comments.
“I’m not a size zero and I kind of felt targeted because of my size,” Stratford High sophomore Allison Veazey told the news station. “It was really hurtful because I felt like my size made me look, you know, disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear.”
HuffPost acquired a statement Taylor wrote in response to the backlash: “My intention was not to hurt or offend any of my students in any way. 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. I am very proud to be a Stratford Knight.”