Teenage girl starts revolution over short shorts

'Teach boys that girls are not sexual objects'

A teenage girl at Beaconsfield High School created a social media frenzy after she chose to defy her school's dress code, she says, to stand up for women’s rights.

Last week, as the temperatures reached high twenties in Montreal Lindsey Stocker wore a pair of shorts to school.

The grade 11 student says two vice principals walked into her class and asked all students to stand up with their arms by their sides.

In front of the class, they told Stocker she had to change because her shorts didn't reach her fingertips.

Instead of changing, she printed posters that read:

"Don’t humiliate her because she is wearing shorts. It's hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects."

The posters were taken down but they have gone viral.

Students that spoke to CJAD outside the school said her actions started a revolution within the school.

“A lot of people were walking into detention and saying I’m not changing!  And a lot of people are going to bring it to the board,” Kalyna Abboud, a friend of Stocker’s said.

“Most people are agreeing with her, women shouldn’t have to cover themselves up completely because we shouldn’t be viewed as sexual objects,” Sierra Drolet, another friend said.

Suanne Stein Day, the chairman of the Lester B. Pearson School Board, said Stocker was suspended but not just for the shorts incident.  She said she was involved in multiple infractions.

“The rules are there to help the children learn and prepare them for their future work places, high school is a job for them, they are there to learn to function in society, so it’s important that the rules be followed,” Stein Day said.

“Girls and boys have rules on dress codes; it is not a girl, boy thing, that’s not the point."

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  1. UniKat53 posted on 05/30/2014 02:55 PM
    Copycat ting the girl in Ottawa who wore tank top exposing bra straps in blatant defiance of school rules!!

    Hate to tell these girls but wearing less does NOT keep you any cooler!!
  2. 2Cents posted on 05/30/2014 03:04 PM
    Speaking as a woman who is all for women's rights, as much as I don't want to see guys in short-shorts, I don't particularly want to see gals in short-shorts at work or at school. I'm all for dress codes and rules in certain places. At play, wear whatever you want. It's not about humiliating you into covering up, etc. It's about maintaining a certain decorum, much like not wearing your pjs or having your boxers sticking out of your pants.
  3. Sandra Beaconsfield posted on 05/30/2014 03:08 PM
    My daughter attends BHS and I agree with the rules shorts that are as short as underwear should not be aloud plain and simple! If it was really because of the temperature you would comply with the rules but no it's all about image and that's all!!!
  4. Kari posted on 05/30/2014 03:33 PM
    While I appreciate her wanting to stand up for " women's rights" she obviously disregarded the school dress code.
    Certainly there are other ways she could have approached the women's rights issue if that was truly her motive.
  5. Grace posted on 05/30/2014 04:39 PM
    I saw another article about this incident where the principal says that the rules are in place because shorts are distracting to the male students, so this is totally a boy/girl thing. Also, everyone is different. For example, if the 'tip of your fingertips' is the unit of measurement, one of my friends could wear short shorts without issue whereas I would be wearing golf shorts since I'm taller and have long arms. If school is a job as they claim, then why aren't students wearing three piece suits? If the girls aren't allowed to wear shorts when it gets hot out, the boys shouldn't be allowed to either. As it stands, yes, it is discrimination and allowing the girls to be viewed as sexual objects. If their bottoms are not hanging out of the shorts, I honestly see no issue with them.
    1. Jenny z. posted on 06/04/2014 11:02 PM
      @Grace Dear Gracey, have you seen these teenagers wearing these high cut shorts that look more like panties rather than shorts? School rules are implemented to be followed. If you see "no issue" you are rather daft. Either she wear proper clothing or stay home !!! Plain and simple. She is not standing for "women's rights" dearie she stands for "looking" sexy. To her parents, please put your adult pants on and BE PARENTS to your daughter. Then parents wonder why who their "little" girls come home with a bun in the oven.. Wear proper attire or stay home young "lady" (ahem).... Thank you for your time.
  6. Joe posted on 05/30/2014 05:16 PM
    "Don’t humiliate her because she is wearing shorts. It's hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects."

    If that is the case, why was she wearing a sweater as well?

    Wear proper clothes or stay home.
  7. David posted on 05/30/2014 05:35 PM
    Then let's all go to school naked, right?. Cuz, ya know, women's rights? Kids these days *smh*. It's a simple dress code. A tiny bit more fabric won't hurt you, and if following simple, harmless rules bothers you so much then maybe school is not for you. Best of luck in the real world kid.
  8. ric posted on 05/30/2014 10:14 PM This comment was edited by a moderator at 03:16 PM on 05/31/2014
    She knew the dress code but decided not to follow it. Well tough for her. She also seems to be a s*** disturber. I think that she should apologize to the school before they let her back in.
  9. Anon posted on 05/30/2014 11:25 PM
    Making girls cover up certain parts of their bodies tells people that these specific parts need to be covered for a reason. What is so sexual about a bra strap or a leg? It's just the human body. By making people cover it, they are creating the idea that it's "inappropriate."
  10. Kate posted on 05/31/2014 07:58 AM
    I work at a West Island high school. I understand a dress code. Many students dress inappropriately. Many do not. Have you gone shopping these days? ALL shorts are actually quite short. The standard 'fingertip rule' is the rule of thumb in most schools and frankly, can be used out of context. Most people's fingertips reach mid-thigh or slightly above or below, give or take an inch. Truthfully, many shorts that DO NOT defy this 'rule' look like they are made for Aunt Mabel. There are plenty of acceptable shorts that are just under fingertip length but NOT in poor taste. Applying one rule across the board and walking in classrooms like a Fascist dictator is ridiculous. If a student is a inappropriately dressed , take that person aside and PRIVATELY tell them to go home to change. Of course this takes more time and scrutiny and doesnt involve a power trip. Whatever the case was with Ms. Stocker, I applaud her for dealing with her problem in a non invasive and creative way. This issue needs looking at in schools - it causes an uproar every summer.. She deserves a modicum of respect .
  11. Momosharp posted on 05/31/2014 10:05 AM
    I agree with the point of decorum and the work place seeing as that requires more of a professional look... but for high school students, I do not. To start, retail stores designed for teenage girls often create shorts that are either A. short-shorts or B. Something similar to capris or petal-pushers. There is rarely something in between to be found. Also, why is it that when boys are seen with their pants hanging half way down their butt all they hear most often is "Wear a belt next time." where as girls shouldn't dare wear a pair of properly fitted shorts that only show a little more skin than "society" deems acceptable for young girls. Seeing as the reason she wore those shorts in the first place was because it was hot outside and not for a certain look or to "showoff", I see no problem...
  12. Samantha posted on 05/31/2014 11:14 AM
    Okay first and foremost, she is a teenage GIRL, so spare me the womens rights crap, she's not a woman yet! Secondly, I went to a school with uniforms and when it got hot outside, we girls wore our skirts, so why can't this girl do the same if its really a temperature issue? Yes the girls dress code rules probably have something to do with not distracting the boys, but don't you think that some office or workplace dress codes stem from a similar place? But more than any of that, if this girl got suspended for prior infractions as well, doesn't that make it clear that this girl doesn't believe the rules apply to her? And she is obviously just trying to justify her rule breaking, and unfortunately as easily influenced as teenagers are, its caught on. This needs to be dealt with, these kids have gone too far and personally I think they should make an example of her and expell her. As much as the other student need to understand that this is unacceptable, she needs to be taught a lesson, and I think having to repeat her final year of high school is a great way to do that!
  13. etelka posted on 05/31/2014 12:03 PM
    This is about being decent anywhere - when these girls get out in the job market they will learn that this kind of attire is unacceptable - hot or not. It is not the beach. The same rules should apply to males and females. Neither should be wearing short short to school.
  14. Etelka posted on 05/31/2014 01:40 PM
    What will happen when she will be going to work where the is a dress code and she can get fired for not following the dress code. She has to learn to grow up - short sort are OK on your time off from school or work!!!
  15. JPK posted on 05/31/2014 11:00 PM
    Has anyone actually seen "the girl in the shorts" a picture is worth a thousand words. If the dress inappropriate, suspend her, if not move on. Media spends to much time on a items of naught
  16. Heidi - Australia posted on 06/01/2014 08:30 PM
    I believe it is time the mindset of boys and men should be re informed and learnt that girls and women are not sex objects' I agree with Lindsey's stance' stay strong Lindsey' as clothing does not stop us from learning!
  17. M posted on 06/02/2014 06:40 AM
    "girls are not sexual object?" what was she trying to do by wearing (very) short shorts?
    Shorts that are an inch longer will not make her hotter. What women and men do not get is that when they wear clothing that is somewhat exposing or inappropriate, they do not need to look at themselves, it is the others around them that are exposed to it!
  18. Joey posted on 06/02/2014 04:00 PM
    I find everything is out of wack. I went to McGee, one school, two wings. The boys on one side and the girls on the other. The boys had brothers and the girls had nuns. We had uniforms and no one would go against the rules of the school. No drugs, no weapons etc. We had respect for one another and the rules. You did not abide from them you were suspended for two weeks. The parents at the time took the side of the brothers / nuns.
    One more thing, look at the role models of the girls of today, Madona, Rihanna, Spears etc.......not much clothes on these girls.

  19. Ross posted on 06/02/2014 04:56 PM
    Neither women nor men should be treated as sexual objects . Clothing is not only a covering but is styled to attract or to make you attractive , so In this case the dress code could be described as something to discourage you from attracting people who cannot control their sexual impulses , most of witch are normal , but for some can get out of hand . Everything we do has a responsibility linked to it . Be responsible with your body, it's the only one you have and your only real physical possession.
  20. Ramblingrosie posted on 06/02/2014 08:32 PM
    Ms. Stocker should become a women, before she decides to "stand up for women's rights". Dress codes are for more reason then what her posters describe. Can't believe she made national news.
  21. One Who Knows posted on 06/07/2014 12:56 AM
    Lindsey is right. Everyone else is wrong. Have a nice day.

    One Who Knows
  22. nich posted on 07/23/2014 11:16 PM
    I find this "revolution" ironic for a the following reasons. 1) Girls and guys have been shaming males for wearing short shorts or speedos, calling them "gay" or immodest, for the last two decades. So why are they all of a sudden crying foul when it is done to them? 2) Many girls, aware that boys are looking, use skimpy apparel for the express purpose of attracting boys. So how is it that they now want to pretend that they don't want such attention? 3) Guys get hot too. Why is this issue onesided?
    In the 70s, 80s and 90s, guys wore short shorts. Now they are constantly belittled for doing so, and by the very people leading such protests as this girl is leading! It seems to me that if you want to discuss girls' rights to wear less, you had better shut your mouths when guys do the same.
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