Both Sides: Conflicting Statements Emerge from Joplin Dress Code Case

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JOPLIN, Mo. — A Joplin High School student is receiving national attention after she was allegedly called “busty” and “plus-sized” by a teacher.

But, conflicting statements from students are creating a lot of unanswered questions for the school.

There won’t be any definite answers until the school finishes investigating the case.

A viral picture making national headlines had a lot of people wondering what really happened.

While Kelsey Anderson’s attorney states one thing, students are saying something else.

“The teacher came over and said she was being violated because of her breasts, and that she had cleavage showing, and she said I don’t have cleavage showing why am I getting violated and she explained to her that bustier women need to basically cover up more and that when you’re plus sized and larger you need to shop at stores that accommodate plus-size women,” lawyer Elizabeth Turner said.

“She kept moving around and her shirt got untucked and you could see a lot of her midriff and so Mrs. Morris just handed her a slip didn’t say anything,” student Ashlynn Seymour said.

The Joplin High School’s handbook states that clothes that expose a bare midriff or expose cleavage are not permitted and that teachers are expected to enforce this policy to protect student health and safety and maintain an atmosphere conducive to education.

“They usually have a really really valid reason and I think that this one too was also very valid,” student Vanessa Morris said.

“You have a set of standards that are not being used, with your personal opinion that is going to be used to embarrass the students,” Turner said.

“Mrs. Morris she’s not like that at all, and I don’t think she deserves everything that’s being put on her right now. or the school doesn’t either because they were just doing their job, and Mrs. Morris was doing her job for the school,” Seymour

With no answers about the investigation from the school, the Anderson family have requested a meeting with school officials.

“That’s something we could have a dialogue with the school about, and maybe there could be some changes made,” Turner said. “And all of that could be done without some type of lawsuit, because again they’re not looking for money, they’re not looking for a lawsuit, but if the school’s not willing to maybe look at this and say yeah we need to make some changes so that other girls don’t go through this, because other girls have gone through this then we might have to go that route.”

The attorney for the Anderson family says they just don’t want this to happen to other girls.

And the students just want to share their truth about what happened in the classroom.

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