“I don’t think the boys were supposed to be looking up our skirts, but they did,” former student Keely Burks said in a statement to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “I wished I was wearing pants or shorts during those drills.”
She was prohibited by the school’s uniform policy.
This week, a federal judge in North Carolina ruled that the school’s policy toward girls’ clothing was unconstitutional, the culmination of a court fight that began in 2016 between three girls and the Leland, N.C., school’s administrators.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard said that the policy at the public charter school violated the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution because girls were treated differently than boys.