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."