A note given to a female student at BYU on Valentine’s Day has received a massive amount of attention throughout the United States and beyond.
Brittany Molina, a BYU junior majoring in accounting, received a note from a male student in the Tanner Building while waiting to attend a meeting. Contrary to her first guess, it was not a love letter. The note said her outfit had a negative effect on other people and she needed to consider the Honor Code each day while dressing.
Molina posted a picture of the note and her outfit on Facebook and Twitter and the story spread everywhere in no time. Fox News, ABC News, KSL and KUTV aired the story the next day, four different radio shows interviewed her, numerous news articles were published and now there is one article about the note in the U.K.
When the story appeared on the main page of MSN.com and Yahoo.com, Molina said some people sent her messages saying her actions were rude and made The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints look bad.
“That was the last thing that I wanted to do, because I love the Church,” Molina said. “I love the gospel. I never wanted that to happen.”
In response to how she felt about her outfit that day, Molina said her dress was flowing rather than revealing. She said she saw a lot of mixed opinions online and the BYU Honor Code does not seem to have clear guidelines.
“I wasn’t wearing tights underneath [my dress] also, I was wearing leggings,” Molina said. “I felt like I was keeping the Honor Code, I felt comfortable in my outfit, I didn’t feel like I was offending people.”
Kyle Shields, a BYU junior majoring in accounting, said almost every student he knows is talking about the news.
“What bothers me is the publicity that BYU gets from this,” Shields said. “It looks bad on BYU, it looks like we got a bunch of weirdos to the rest of the world. Even if she was dressed immodestly, I don’t think it’s [his] job to write a note like that.”
Molina said although she did not want the story to get out nationally, she still thinks it is good for people to know this kind of thing does happen at BYU. She said she has received many online messages from other female students at BYU who had similar experiences.
“I don’t think it’s right for boys to call out girls in front of people or in a rude manner, because it isn’t going to do much,” Molina said. “If I was struggling with my testimony at all, maybe that would have offended me enough to leave the Church.”
A university spokesperson said over the phone the university has chosen not to comment on this matter.