Manatee County high school student calls for ‘bracott’

Lizzy Martinez's "bracott" will take place at Braden River High on Monday. She said school officials told her to cover up her nipples with bandages after she went to school without a bra on.
Lizzy Martinez's "bracott" will take place at Braden River High on Monday. She said school officials told her to cover up her nipples with bandages after she went to school without a bra on.
Published April 16 2018
Updated April 16 2018

A Florida high school student who said she was told to cover up her nipples after not wearing a bra to school is planning a protest in response.

Lizzy Martinezí "bracott" will take place today at Braden River High in Manatee County, according to Twitter posts from her account.

Martinez, 17, is encouraging her female classmates to arrive to school braless to send a message to school administrators that requiring the undergarment is sexist. Boys can also place bandages over their shirts.

"Besides the incident on Monday, I think itís been an ongoing issue that women have these standards that they have to supposedly live up to, even with the womenís rights march; the Me Too movement," Martinez told the Bradenton Herald. "I think itís all very relevant."

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On April 2, Martinez didnít wear a bra to school, and she said school administrators told her to wear a second shirt. They they told her to her nipples with bandages because they were distracting her classmates, the Herald reported. The dress code doesnít specifically address bras.

It isnít clear how the district will respond if several students participate in the protest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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