Lizzy Martinez said her school thought her nipples were a distraction. Photo: Lizzy Martinez
Lizzy Martinez said her school thought her nipples were a distraction. Photo: Lizzy Martinez

Teen reduced to tears over humiliating request

FLORIDA student Lizzy Martinez, 17, said she was left humiliated after being called in to the dean's office and told her lack of a bra was drawing stares from other students.

The teenager recounted her humiliating experience this week at Branden River High School, the New York Post reported.

"She told me that I needed to put a shirt on under my long-sleeve shirt to try to tighten my breasts - to constrict them," Ms Martinez told the Bradenton Herald. "And then she asked me to move around."

Lizzy Martinez was left humiliated after her school suggested she cover her nipples with Band-Aids. Photo: Lizzy Martinez
Lizzy Martinez was left humiliated after her school suggested she cover her nipples with Band-Aids. Photo: Lizzy Martinez

But the second layer wasn't up to the dean's satisfaction, Ms Martinez said, and she was directed to the nurse's office where she was handed Band-Aids to cover each nipple.

The teen said the incident made her so uncomfortable that she was brought to tears and left school early.

Her mother, Kari Knop, said she was horrified by how the school handled the situation. In the car, Ms Martinez revealed to her mother that she was given bandages to hide her nipples, causing her mum to slam the brakes of the vehicle.

"I stopped and I looked over at her, and I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, you have to be kidding me,'" Ms Knop said.

Frustrated, she returned to her daughter's school on Wednesday to meet with administrators about the matter.

"We should not treat a girl like this because of where her fat cells decided to distribute genetically," Ms Knop said.

She also reportedly spoke on the phone with Manatee County Schools superintendent Diana Greene, who suggested, like other administrators, that the teen's "protruding" nipples were distracting the students.

School officials admitted in a statement that the situation should've been handled differently.

"This matter was brought to the attention of the Superintendent's Office for review," the district's general counsel, Mitchell Teitelbaum, said in a prepared statement.

"It is undisputed that this matter should have been handled differently at the school level and corrective measures have been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the way these matters will be addressed in the future."

This article was originally published in the New York Post and is republished with permission.



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