MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A 17-year-old Myrtle Beach student is taking issue with what she feels is an overly strict dress code at her school.
"It's undisguised sexism," said Cloey O'Connell, who attends the Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology in Myrtle Beach.
O'Connell said she was recently pulled out of class for wearing leggings. In response, she began putting up posters throughout the school condemning the administration for singling out females over how they dress.
"An administrator walked and looked at everyone. She was like stand up what are you wearing? She was going in every classroom, during class time while we were doing stuff, and pulling people out." said O'Connell.
After a school wide announcement was made that all girls wearing leggings had to report to the gym, O'Connell decided to make an announcement of her own, posting signs all over the school.
"I would put one up and they would take it down like while I was walking in the hallway."
Then she decided on a different approach, and posted the signs on herself.
"So our resource officer came in the lunch room and removed me, like escorted me out of the lunch room."
Fellow student John Gardo recorded video on his cellphone of O'Connell being escorted out of the cafeteria by the school resource officer while protesting the dress code. Others can be heard cheering.
An online petition was started by O'Connell to bring attention to the dress code. The goal is to get 1,000 signatures. As of 10 p.m., Wednesday, the petition had 827.
It can be read in its entirety below:
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