Slut shaming in school

A careers advisor at a Hampshire school told a 13-year-old pupil that her short skirt made her “look like a slut”, and was “not doing much for your cellulite”, reports the Daily Mail.

Good to know that schools are doing such a fantastic job, isn’t it?

Aisher says she was stacking chairs in the school dining hall when Virginia Green told her to lengthen her skirt.

Mrs Green is then said to have made the ‘slut’ comment before adding that the short skirt was ‘not doing much for your cellulite’.

The remark was overheard by staff and pupils at Bohunt School in Liphook, Hampshire.

Last night, Aisher’s mother Amanda, 36, said: ‘I couldn’t believe that a teacher would use such foul and disgusting language to a pupil.

‘It’s the kind of thing that you might expect another pupil to say but teachers should know better. It’s tantamount to bullying.

‘Aisher has a birthmark on her thigh which I think Mrs Green must have mistaken for cellulite.

‘For one of her teachers to make a comment like that about it was really hurtful and she was very upset.’

The mother-of-three added: ‘Teachers should be giving children confidence for their future lives, not speaking to them in such a despicable way.’

The teacher has written to Aisher’s mother apologising for what she said, but not, apparently, to the girl herself.

Even more ‘interestingly’, although the teacher has apparently admitted this is what happened, the headmaster headteacher of the school – instead of apologising profusely and dealing with an incident of a teacher bullying a pupil – appears to be denying the comment was directed at the girl at all:

In a letter of apology to Mrs Smyth, he wrote: ‘I find it regrettable that such indiscreet comments were made in earshot of any pupil and can understand why Aisher felt they were aimed at her.

‘I don’t believe they were, but sympathise with Aisher.’

What a school, hey?

(However, as Rhetorically Speaking points out, the Mail’s shock-horror tone in this story is a bit hypocritical, to say the least, considering how it repeats exactly the same messages as the teacher in its pages on a regular basis.)

*Good point, Alex! (see comments below)

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