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Teen Is Excited To Sing At Mass, But Church Leader Sees Her Whole Outfit And Kicks Her Out

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Never in her wildest dreams did this 19-year-old think something like this would happen to her anywhere, let alone at church.

Jenna went to the restroom during a service in Swansboro, North Carolina, when a female church leader followed her in. The woman suddenly began berating Jenna over her outfit: a pair of regular denim shorts.

In a disturbing video captured by Jenna on her cellphone, the church member tells Jenna she is “too chubby” to wear the shorts and instructs her not to sing in front of the pews with the rest of the church singers.

The woman treats Jenna with such relentless judgment that Jenna ends up sobbing through her words, begging the older woman to just leave her alone.

Jenna went home that day humiliated and infuriated, and she posted the shocking clip to Twitter.

She bravely revealed that the encounter could have had a much darker ending had it happened at a more vulnerable time in her life. “If she would have said that to me two years ago when I was in therapy for suicide… I honestly don’t think I would be here today,” Jenna wrote. “I suffer with depression, anxiety, and ADD, and I can be very impulsive but what she did was straight-up rude.”

Jenna says she no longer wants to go back to that same church … but now she has a ton of support behind her.

Since her story went viral with millions of views, the church has responded.

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