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'Plus size women need to dress accordingly': School student given a dressing down in front of her class

9Honey logo 9Honey 14/09/2017 Karishma Sarkari

A mother has taken to social media to name and shame her daughter’s school after the teenager was told to cover up because she’s “busty”.

Melissa Barber reveals her 17-year-old was told in front of her entire classroom that her breasts are bigger than normal, so she needs to consider her clothing choices more carefully.

"Bustier women need to wear clothing that cover their cleavage," Melissa says her daughter, Kelsey Paige Anderson, was told.

© Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd She claims the Child Development teacher at Joplin High School, Missouri, followed that statement with the comment: "Plus size women need to dress accordingly".

The 17-year-old was dressed in a red peasant style blouse with a round neckline. While there was a shoelace detail near the cleavage, this was done up, rather than left open.

Her long-sleeve top was paired with blue jeans, ripped only slightly across the knee and folded up at the hem, with ankle booties completing the high school student’s ensemble.

Melissa posted an image of the outfit to Facebook, asking others: “What is wrong with the way this child is dressed????”

The agitated mum then posted a picture of Kelsey alongside friend and former Joplin High School student Katelyn Gilbreth, in an attempt to show just how conservatively her daughter is dressed.

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In a later update, Melissa revealed she was called to a meeting at the school with the school counsellor and principal - whom she claims kept defending the teacher and refused to let Kelsey move classes.

“I refuse to put my daughter in a situation where her self esteem is completely destroyed. She is there to learn,” she said, admitting she left the meeting before losing her temper.

“This whole time she was missing out on an education while we were all sitting in a room discussing her boobs. How often does this happen to your sons? Seems like another way to keep girls uneducated.”

This second post has gone viral, with almost 60,000 shares since Friday, 62,000 reactions and 24,000 comments.

It’s been reported by the Mirror that Melissa plans to take legal action against the school, who have said they are investigating the incident, saying: “The District does not consider comments by staff members about students' bodies appropriate.”

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