Florida Teen Goes To School Without Bra, Forced To Put Bandages Over Nipples To Stop 'Distracting' Boys

Patricia Ramirez

A Florida teen is making national headlines after she says she was humiliated by her school's administration for failing to wear a bra to school. According to 17-year-old Lizzy Martinez, she was wearing a modest, loose, gray, long-sleeved shirt when she went to class at Braden River High School on Monday. To her shock and amazement, she found herself sent to the office of Dean Violeta Velazquez after a teacher complained that her attire was a "distraction."

Specifically, the teacher had reported to the dean that Lizzy's unbound breasts and visible nipples were "a distraction to boys in [her] class." In a conversation with a local newspaper, the high school student claims that she was told to disguise the appearance of her braless breasts by constricting them with a second shirt under her long-sleeve shirt. After she made the modifications to her attire, Lizzy Martinez claims that her dean demanded that she "move around" to prove that her breasts were sufficiently restrained, reports KIRO 7.

"She told me that I needed to put a shirt on under my long-sleeve shirt to try to tighten my breasts -- to constrict them. And then she asked me to move around."

A dress code that, incidentally, doesn't require girls to wear bras, or even mention female undergarments.

It does, however, prohibit students from "dressing in a manner that distracts other students." In a statement released by Mitchell Teitelbaum, the general counsel for the school district, he admitted that matter "should have been handled differently."

"This matter was brought to the attention of the Superintendent's Office for review. It is undisputed that this matter should have been handled differently at the school level and corrective measures have been taken to prevent a reoccurrence in the way these matters will be addressed in the future."
"We should not treat a girl like this because of where her fat cells decided to distribute genetically."

"The students that were laughing or snickering or talking about me -- that should have been addressed, not me, because I wasn't the issue there."