Student with leg brace goes viral on TikTok for calling dress code
Controversy over public school dress codes proliferated with a TikTok released on Tuesday from a student who said she broke the dress code for wearing shorts with her leggings. The video, posted by user @kyles ._. W, garnered more than 51,000 views and 10,000 likes on Wednesday.
In the video, the TikToker has an annoyed expression as she records her face, then pans the camera to show she’s wearing athletic shorts and a leg warmer that reaches her thigh.
“How are you going to dress someone who can’t even wear pants,” the screen reads. “I miss most of my class for this BS.”
In the comments, the TikToker wrote that “6 inches above the knee is the only acceptable length for shorts” at his school. The shorts she wore in the video reached her upper thigh, where the brace ended.
She also wrote that she had to change into workout leggings, sliding her corset off and forcing her to constantly readjust it “to even walk”.
The TikToker wrote in the comments that she is an athlete and has had to wear the brace before because she tore her meniscus “around the same time last year.” She didn’t mention if she had any dress code issues last year.
Many commentators have expressed sympathy for his situation and said they have had similar experiences. They suggested putting pants under the brace or wearing leggings, baggy jeans, men’s sweatpants or pajama pants.
The TikToker responded to the suggestions by saying they wouldn’t work because they violated the dress code, thwarted the purpose of the brace, or would simply be uncomfortable with the hot weather.
Other commentators have expressed outrage and suggested that TikToker take legal action for discrimination. Some have also written that incidents like this make them want to drop out of school or their children’s homeschool.
The TikToker posted an update on Wednesday wearing his father’s basketball shorts, which stop slightly above the knee and cover part of the brace. The text on the screen reads, “Guess I dress like a guy now doesn’t have a dress code.”
The Daily Dot reached out to user @kyles ._. W via a TikTok comment. They did not immediately respond to the request.
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* First published: October 6, 2021, 10:03 p.m. CDT
Sabine Joseph is a reporting intern for the Daily Dot. Her work has been featured in Miami and Connecticut publications including Montage, the Miami Laker, and Connecticut Health I-Team.