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Teen Girl Sent Home From School Over 'Inappropriate' Outfit, Students Stage Walkout

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Karis Wilson, a 17-year-old student in Canada, was sent home after she was pulled out of her Year 12 class on Wednesday and told that her dress "reminded her female teacher of a lingerie outfit" and that it had the potential to make a male teacher "feel uncomfortable."

Her father, Christopher Wilson, posted the incident on Facebook, called the decision "absurd" and stated that his daughter was left in tears.

Wilson shared an image of Karis’ outfit when she was sent home – a knee-length black dress with lace trim worn over a long-sleeved white turtleneck.

He stated in his Facebook Live video that any teacher who was distracted by the students’ outfits was in the wrong profession.

"I’m frustrated, I’m hurt, I’m disappointed in the system," he said, and added that he had requested to see the official dress code for NorKam Senior Secondary school in British Columbia.

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The code prohibits students from wearing clothing promoting alcohol or tobacco use, anything that depicts nudity, clothing with offensive language and clothing that is “distracting.”

"It's actually a very modest outfit when you actually look at it ... I think the initial comments were based on the fact that it had lace," Wilson said in the video which has garnered over 79,000 views.

He added that his daughter was "really broken up" after being removed from school.

He asked her how he could show his support, and she told him that she wanted to make sure no other students would go through the same experience.

"Please stand with Karis and I and make sure that those involved are held accountable and that this never happens again," he wrote on Facebook, adding the hashtag #Imwithkaris.

Wilson’s video received hundreds of positive comments, with people praising him for standing up for his daughter and many expressing outrage regarding the school's actions.

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"A female’s education is far more important than how she is dressed! If somebody else’s choice of clothing makes you uncomfortable then that is entirely on you!" someone commented.

"So, the female teacher perpetuated rape culture, shamed a young woman?" a second person wrote.

Following the incident, NorKam students walked out of classrooms holding signs in solidarity.

“My education is more important than what I wear,” one sign read.

“Am I distracting you with my “midrift”?” another sign read.

“I’m not my dress," a third sign read.

Speaking to CBC, Wilson stated that seeing other students support his daughter was a "silver lining" to the negative experience.

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"There was a female who was singled out because what she's wearing could make someone in a position of power over her feel uncomfortable. And the more you think of it, the more you say it, the more you understand that this is absurd," he said.

A spokesperson for the school district issued a statement to Daily Mail, stating that they were currently reviewing the incident and taking the allegations seriously, but they did not comment on the incident specifically.

“Whenever a parent is concerned about their child at school we want to work with them for the best outcome for the student,” a NorKam spokesperson said.

Sources: Yahoo