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Kamloops high school students rally for teen dismissed over outfit

Dozens of students rally in support of Karis Wilson outside Norkam Secondary School, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.
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February 24, 2021 - 5:22 PM

Chants of "I stand wih Karis" rang out at a secondary school in Kamloops today as controversy flared when her peers walked out to protest action against the girl over her choice of clothing.

Dozens of students at NorKam Secondary School protested today, Feb. 24. One had a sign that read, "My education is more important than what I wear."

The focus of the rally was student Karis Wilson and the fact she was dismissed Tuesday from school over the clothing she wore.

Karis Wilson was dismissed from Norkam Secondary over this outfit.
Karis Wilson was dismissed from Norkam Secondary over this outfit.
Image Credit: Facebook/Chris Wilson

Her dress with laced edges, which she wore over a turtleneck, was making a female teacher and a male student-teacher uncomfortable, according to a social media statement by her father.

Today, School District 73 responded to the controversy.

"We are also concerned about these allegations and are treating them seriously. The incident is currently under review," the school district said in a statement.

However, school officials also said they will not comment on the incident involving Wilson, and speaking to iNFOnews, Wilson said no school official has spoken with her about it.

“The fact all these people would come out, people I don’t even know, or maybe don’t even like me, it shows something needs to be done, changed," Wilson said.

Students stood outside for several minutes after 2 p.m. in a biting cold wind, many of them girls wearing turtlenecks or clothing that Wilson called "revealing."

She said she told those girls to go back inside but, “it was a beautiful thing they would stand outside in the freezing cold to show their support.”

She also said she was messaged by male students who offered to change and come back to join the walkout.

Karis Wilson stands outside NorKam Secondary School after a school walkout
Karis Wilson stands outside NorKam Secondary School after a school walkout

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