Mayor accuses school of sexism over daughter’s ripped jeans

September 14, 2018 GMT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of Palm Beach County is asking the county’s school district to discipline an administrator who removed her daughter from classes for wearing ripped jeans and lectured her to consider male classmates’ hormones when choosing her wardrobe.

In a Facebook posting on Thursday, Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay said her daughter was sent to in-school suspension at Forest Hill High School, missing a day of core classes. She posted a picture of her daughter’s jeans, ripped at the knee.


McKinley says while the jeans may have “slightly” violated the dress code, she called the male administrator’s comments “girl shaming” and sexist.

Principal Mary Stratos told the Palm Beach Post she’ll investigate the administrator’s alleged comments. She defended the school’s dress code as gender-neutral.


This story has been corrected to show that Melissa McKinlay is the mayor of Palm Beach County, not the city of West Palm Beach.