A Florida middle school student has accused her teacher of sexual harassment for remarks she made over her outfit – and revealed she was suspended for 10 days after a heated clash with school administrators over the comments.
Alice Wagner, an eighth grader at Yulee Middle School, claims her teacher made a remark about her breasts during class, saying her outfit was ‘letting them hang out for the whole world to see.’
The young teen was wearing a white tank top underneath a long-sleeve gray cardigan sweater with a bohemian skirt.
Wagner told WJXT she was stunned by the comment by the female teacher, who has not been named, and left the class without permission.
She said: ‘I went to the bathroom and I came back and I said, “You need to stop sexualizing 14-year-old girls.” I grabbed my stuff and I removed myself from the situation.’
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Alice Wagner in the outfit she was wearing to school – a white tank top underneath a long-sleeve gray cardigan sweater with a bohemian skirt
Alice Wagner says she got into a heated debate with administrators, and was hit with a ten-day suspension
Wagner then went to the administration office to call her parents but claims she was not allowed to make the call.
She then got into a heated debate with administrators, and was hit with a ten-day suspension, she told WJXT.
Wagner’s suspension went into effect on April 28, the young teen said.
Wagner says she was told her undergarments could be seen through the top – contravening the school’s dress code.
But she claims her sweater made that impossible.
In messages made online, Wagner said the comments from her teacher made her ‘feel very uncomfortable.’
She noted that she was suspended after she reacted in a way she ‘shouldn’t have’ towards the school’s assistant ￼principals, but did not detail what those were.
Her mother, Sarah Wagner, told WJXT that her daughter’s behavior went too far when she argued with administrators, but claimed that she was ‘basically sexually harassed by her teacher.’
Alice Wagner’s mom Sarah (left), told WJXT that her daughter (right) went too when she argued with administrators, but claimed that she was ‘basically sexually harassed by her teacher’
Alice Wagner, an eighth grader at Yulee Middle School, had a heated exchange over the dress code with school administrators
Wagner, 14, posted about the incident on Facebook and said it made her feel ‘very uncomfortable’
‘I don’t think it’s okay for her to talk to teachers that way but I understand why she was angry. She was basically sexually harassed by her teacher,’ the mother said.
‘The teacher did apologize, she did understand what she did was wrong.’
It is unclear if the family have made a formal complaint of sexual harassment.
The young teen added that the situation has left her ‘extremely disappointed in the school system.’
‘I feel powerless and silenced,’ she said.
Wagner said that students have previously tried ‘to stop sexism on school grounds’ but ‘to no avail.’
The young teen said she wants ‘to make students, parents, teachers, and many others aware of the injustice that is taking place here, because nobody anywhere deserves to feel oppressed, no less in a place as vital as school.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Sarah Wagner as well as the Nassau County School District, which oversees the school, for more information and additional comment.
The Nassau County School District has a dress code policy that bans clothing that reveals undergarments.