Friday, August 17, 2018
Education

Manatee County high school student calls for ‘bracott’

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 Martinez’ "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 it’s been an ongoing issue that women have these standards that they have to supposedly live up to, even with the women’s rights march; the Me Too movement," Martinez told the Bradenton Herald. "I think it’s all very relevant."

RELATED: Gradebook podcast: Braless teen sparks dress code debate in Florida high school

On April 2, Martinez didn’t 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 doesn’t specifically address bras.

It isn’t clear how the district will respond if several students participate in the protest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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