The Bradenton Herald first reported that “a Florida high school student said she was humiliated when she was asked by school officials to cover her nipples with bandages,” not remorse or embarrassment for behaving inappropriately or dressing immodestly. Her posts on Twitter and her mother’s reaction reveal what is truly wrong with America.
Then the Dayton Daily News reported on it, and then the remarks on Twitter went viral.
Lizzy Martinez, 17, said she decided not to wear a bra when she went to Braden River High School one day last week, and as a result she was called into the dean’s office. Dean Violeta Velazquez told her that she needed to cover herself because her nipples, which were protruding through her shirt were causing a distraction.
Martinez was told to put on another shirt on top of the one she was already wearing, but that did not adequately cover her chest. She was then sent to the nurses offices and instructed to use two bandaids each to cover each nipple.
She then tweeted:
I decided not to wear a bra today and got pulled out of class bc one of my teachers complained that it was a “distraction to boys in my class.” My school basically told me that boys’ education is far more important than mine and I should be ashamed of my body. @Manateeschools 🙂
— liz (@lizzymartineez) April 2, 2018
Then of course the school district got involved because of Martinez crying due to the administrator’s “insensitivity.”
“This matter was brought to the attention of the Superintendent’s Office for review,” the district’s general counsel, Mitchell Teitelbaum, said in a prepared statement. “It is undisputed that this matter should have been handled differently at the school level and corrective measures have been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the way these matters will be addressed in the future.”
Teitelbaum said that Martinez violated the dress code because the way that she dressed distracted other students; school officials were only trying to help her fix the violation. The Herald reported that the dress code does not specifically address or require that female students wear bras.
And, Martinez’s mother, Kari Knop, may provide insight into her daughter’s poor behavior: she’s an even worse role model. Instead of using this as a teaching moment, to explain to her daughter why she should be dressing appropriately and wearing a bra, she made an excuse and furthered the fake “victim mentality” of her daughter. She told the Herald: “We should not treat a girl like this because of where her fat cells decided to distribute genetically.”
Fat cells? Seriously?
What is wrong with this mother?
Martinez then politicized the issue, saying she plans to stop wearing bras to protest what happened to her. What happened to her? What about taking responsibility for her bad behavior? What about thanking the women who tried to help her?
She then tweeted, “Stop sexualizing my body @piratenationhs.”
The school’s Twitter account later blocked Martinez, according to a screenshot she provided to the Herald.
It sounds like the poor girl is looking for attention in all of the wrong places, quite literally. Maybe the school needs to send her to a guidance counselor next.