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Teen girls sent home from Labrador high school for visible bra straps 0

By Sheena Goodyear, QMI Agency

Maddie Pynn, 16, says she was sent home from Menihek High School for sporting this outfit on a warm May day. (Handout)

Maddie Pynn, 16, says she was sent home from Menihek High School for sporting this outfit on a warm May day. (Handout)

Dozens of teen girls were sent home from school in Labrador City, N.L., for violating the school's dress code.

Students say school officials went class to class in Menihek High School on Wednesday to check what students were wearing. If it wasn't up to snuff with the school board dress code, they were sent home.

"I was wearing a tank top but it covered everything except my shoulders, and they told me I had to either put on a sweater or go home and change because of my bra straps," Amber Michelin-Jones, 17, told QMI Agency.

About 30 students were sent home — mostly girls for having visible bra straps. Two boys were also sent home for sporting sleeveless tops.

Maddie Pynn, 16, was wearing a summer dress and alleges she was told "if one gust of wind came you'd see everything underneath."

Pynn said teachers have told her the dress code exists because teenage boys are easily distracted by girls' bodies.

"A shoulder shouldn't make anyone uncomfortable, and if it does, you're the problem," she said, adding the school is "teaching us how not to be distracting" instead of "teaching boys to have more respect towards women."

"I was talking to a few boys and they even said they are offended because the school is making them out to be uncontrolled horny monsters," Pynn said.

In a statement, the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said the dress code "strives to provide an appropriate learning environment for student."

"The issue of student dress must always be approached with a balanced concern for the health, safety and well-being of the entire learning community and the rights and privileges of individuals and groups as outlined by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is not the intention of the district to infringe upon the rights of students."

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