I was told by my principal that I’m not able to wear shorts because it shows my scars. I, and plenty of other people„ are extremely offended by this. I was told that OTHERS were offended by me showing this.
I think this is extremely wrong because I should not be asked to cover up my scars just because others don’t like it. I shouldn’t be asked to cover my scars because I can’t change what happened. I can’t get rid of these, and I wouldn’t anyway. My scars show what I’ve been through and more importantly, what I’ve overcome. I’m still battling things and I still haven’t fully gotten through yet, but I’ve been clean for about a month now and this is no reward.
Wearing shorts and showing my scars is a HUGE deal for me because I’ve finally stopped worrying about people judging me for it. I’ve finally overcome the insecurity and started wearing what I want to wear. And I think it’s ridiculous that I’m asked to cover up because of it.
I shouldn’t have the privilege of wearing shorts taken away from me because my scars make others a little uncomfortable. There is no difference between me and the other girl in this picture. We’re both human, and just because she doesn’t have the scars that I do, doesn’t make us any different. It doesn’t mean that she should have the right to wear shorts and I shouldn’t.
I know that a lot of people agree with me on the issue, and I know that some don’t. But I have NEVER stood around while people negatively react to things that I’m passionate about and things that I actually care about. I’m not the type of person that’s just going to sit there and agree to cover my scars because some people don’t like them. And I should never be asked to do that. NOBODY should. I’m not just doing this for me. I’m doing this for everyone that’s ever been afraid to show their scars. I’m doing this for everyone that still goes through this and for everyone that has overcome it. I’m doing this so I can tell people that sometimes, you gotta break the rules. That once in a while, adults aren’t “always right”. Neither are students. I want every single person that goes through this and that has scars to stand up with me and show that nobody is gonna tell us we can’t be who we are. Because I think that’s bullshit. It isn’t right.
In my opinion, this is wrong. It’s like we’re being punished for who we are. I think that people need to understand that this is something a little bit more serious than an “offensive” tattoo or piercing or hair color or clothing choice.
So, in conclusion, I don’t think I should be asked to cover my scars.
If you can wear shorts, so can I.