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Missouri teenager says teacher told her she was too ‘busty’

JOPLIN, Mo. — A Missouri teenager says a high school teacher told her during class that she was too ‘‘busty’’ and that ‘‘plus-sized women’’ need to shop at stores that sell larger clothing.

The confrontation happened last Friday, an attorney for Kelsey Anderson said in a statement released Tuesday, and the 17-year-old was sent to the office at Joplin High School for a dress code violation. The statement said the teacher also told Anderson that ‘‘smaller-busted women could get away with more than larger-busted women.’’

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The Joplin School District said it is investigating.

A photo released of what the teen was wearing shows her clad in a burgundy long-sleeved, laced, V-neck shirt and jeans with ripped knees.

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Anderson’s attorney, Elizabeth Turner, said in the statement that ‘‘body shaming isn’t something to take lightly,’’ noting that suicide rates among teenage girls are on the rise.

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