Church Leader Body Shames Teen For Wearing Shorts Because She's "Fat"

Church Leader Body Shames Teen For Wearing Shorts Because She's "Fat"

A church leader thought it was appropriate shame a young teenager for the clothes she wore to choir practice. Her shocking behavior was recorded by the young girl, which went viral.

A heartbreaking incident occurred during a young girl's routine choir practice at the Swansboro United Methodist Church in North Carolina. One of the church leaders followed 19-year-old Jenna into the bathroom just to tell her that she was too fat to wear shorts reports the Mirror. This ruthless confrontation was filmed by Jenna who was quick to post it on the internet and it went viral.



In the video, one can clearly see an older woman, Bonnie Sue, reprimanding the teen for wearing clothes that don't suit her "chubby" figure. Sue begins by comparing her attire to another overweight girl. "She's a chubby girl. She's got a dress on that's appropriate. It comes down about to the top of her knees." The already upset 19-year-old lets out a cry of shock as she poses a question, "So you're calling me fat?" To this Sue simply replies, "Oh, you don't think you are?" 



A hysterical Jenna defends her choice of wear by saying, "I love who I am. Get out of my face." After hearing the girl swear, Sue says, "I don't have to and don't swear at me like that." To this the19-year-old replies, "I don't give a s**t." The woman retorts, "I do. That's your problem. You don't give a s**t. Don't come back on that stage with those shorts on." Jenna then says, "Who are you to tell me what I am supposed to do. No, get the f*** out of my face. Get out. I am not two years old and I can do what I want. I have been recording this entire time. And I am never coming back to this church because you are so disrespectful. So disrespectful."



Following the incident, Jenna posted this video on Twitter titled: This woman followed me into the bathroom and attacked me calling me fat and that I couldn’t wear jean shorts because I was too fat. Further explaining her distressed state, Jenna mentioned how she went into the bathroom to get updates about a family member who had been hospitalized for a brain aneurysm. Shocked and disgusted she wrote in an additional post: She told me ‘fat girls don’t wear shorts’ and continued to call me fat. I want you to realize that THIS WAS AT CHURCH!!!



Continuing her piece Jenna wrote: I’m honestly shocked and upset that this happened at church. I should feel accepted and loved and now I don’t want to go back to that church. The teen further pointed out to the fact that the body shammer, Sue was a member of the Church's leading committee who "speaks on the behalf of our church at different conferences." However, after the matter reached the pastor, he decided to remove the woman from her leadership role. He released a statement which read, "It has come to our attention that great harm has been done in an incident that occurred this past Sunday where a faithful and very gifted young lady and worship leader was body shamed for her appearance."



"We are shocked and saddened by this act. The Church is supposed to be a place of safety, love, and acceptance…the worth, dignity, and safety of all who are reached by our ministry is our priority and will remain our sacred trust and duty." The teen then uploaded a picture of the attire she had worn that day. She wrote: Here is the outfit I was wearing that she attacked me... also please read my shirt because what she did was not agapé love. 



Following this post up with another tweet, she wrote: I just want to say that I know I am not perfect!!! But I would never attack someone and tear someone down like what she did to me.... thank God she said it to me and honestly and not to some who is suicidal. In addition, she added how if this would have happened to her two years ago, she would have been driven to take some drastic suicidal steps. She also mentioned how she suffers "with depression, anxiety, and ADD, and I can be very impulsive but what she did was straight up rude."



The Twitter community rallied around Jenna and gave her words of encouragement and support. One Twitter user stated: Don't ever let someone make you feel less than the beautiful person you are. There are so many people replying that are genuine and real, that care about you. You got this Jenna, and we're with you!!! @HoneyBr_1969 wrote: Im freaking crying my eye's out!!! This is beyond hurtful, sending lots of hugs and support. You're Beautiful!!! There were others who uploaded their own pictures in order to support her choice of clothing










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