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Moncton teen disciplined for wearing full-length halter dress to school

Lauren Wiggins, 17, posted a photo to her Facebook account of the dress she said that got her a detention at Harrison Trimble High School Monday afternoon.
Lauren Wiggins, 17, posted a photo to her Facebook account of the dress she said that got her a detention at Harrison Trimble High School Monday afternoon. Lauren Wiggins via Facebook

TORONTO – A Moncton, N.B., teen was disciplined for breaking high school dress code after she wore full-length halter dress to school.

Lauren Wiggins, 17, posted a photo to her Facebook account of the dress she said that got her a detention at Harrison Trimble High School Monday afternoon.

The floor-length dress revealed her shoulders, bra strap and upper back and a tattoo.

“Today I received a detention because the outfit I am wearing is considered inappropriate and a sexual distraction to the young men in my school,” Wiggins said in the Facebook post. ” Enough is enough. I’m tired of the unjust standards that we as women are held up to.”

The high school student also posted a photo of a letter she wrote to vice-principal Shane Sturgeon in response to her detention for breaking school dress code.

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“This unjust mindset towards women is absolutely absurd,” Wiggins wrote. “The fact that authority figures, especially males, can tell young women they must cover up their shoulders and their back because it is ‘inappropriate’ and ‘a distraction’ is very uncomforting.”

According to the school’s dress code, shirts exposing shoulders and/or backs and/or midriffs (spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops) are not allowed.

Wiggins points out she understands there are restrictions to how much skin can be shown while at school but “that applies when people show up in their bikinis or bra and panties.”

“If you are truly so concerned that a boy in this school will get distracted by my upper back and shoulders, then he needs to be sent home and practice self-control,” Wiggins wrote.

The senior student received a one-day suspension in response to the letter.