PHOTOS! Here are pictures of Geisy Arruda, the Brazilian student expelled for a mini skirt. Geisy Arruda (fotos below) went to YouTube fame in Brazil in late October. But as profiled on LALATE earlier Sunday, Arruda’s story is now captivating the U.S.
Geisy Arruda is a beautiful 20 year old student at the private university of La Universidad Bandeirante (Bandeirante University). The university is located in the in Sao Bernardo do Campo, a wealthy section of Sao Paulo. But while Brazil is usually known for its Carnival, a carnival atmosphere of near rioting students – male and female – occurred on October 22, 2009 at the school over Arruda.
Why? Because Arruda showed up wearing a mini skirt. But is this pink mini skirt really that mini?
By all accounts, the dress is not that mini. So would Brazil, of all countries, have 700 students near riot over a dress?
On October 22 at 8:30 pm, Geisy went to the school restroom with friend Kelly Andrezzil. There, 20 girls went at Geisy. Andrezzi said:
“I was very afraid of what could happen, but I could not have imagined what was about to come, students were cursing Geisy, calling her ugly names and accusing her of drawing too much attention, even threatening to beat her up.”
Male students started to break into the female restroom. Amanda de Souza Augusto remembers:
“We had to slap, clinch and fight with the boys, who were trying to go into the bathroom, and trying to put cell phones between Geisy’s legs. It was an aggression, an injustice against her.”
At this point, the situation became serious with allegations of threats of assault. When security were able to assist Arruda out of the restroom, male students started to take camera cellphone photos and record videos, that would eventually get uploaded to YouTube.
In the end Geisy Arruda had to put on the teacher’s white jacket and be escorted out. Thereafter the school published a note in the São Paulo daily newspapers (that by some accounts is described as an “advertisement”). It read “Educational Responsibility – Education is made with attitude not complacency” and found that Geisy Arruda’s conduct had “resulted in a collective reaction in defense of the school environment.”
The advertisement claimed Geisy Arruda was formally expelled. Arruda claims she never received a direct letter telling her she was expelled and was told she could return.
From there, Geisy Arruda would be booked across national tv talk shows, often appearing in or with the infamous pink-ish mini skirt, sometimes in dressed, sometimes in pants.
The story would not end there.
Thereafter, the university retained an attorney who would issue statements about Arruda’s conduct. Universidade Bandeirantes’ lawyer, Josias de Souza, reportedly issued a statement that Arruda “always liked to provoke boys, the problem was not with her clothes, but the way she acts, talks, crosses her legs, and walks.”
But while the story may seem like something for old talk show, the Brazilian government is now taking it serious. Reports say the Minister Nilcéa Freire from the Special Secretariat of Policies for Women (SPM) and the Ministry of Education are now looking at the situation.
Arruda has told local press that the event was “absurd”. Geisy Arruda adds she has never been sent a letter confirming being kicked out of the university and has only learned it through press. Geisy Arruda says she was told by school officials she could return.