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Should Canadian girl have been suspended for wearing short shorts?
June 2, 2014 - Andrea Johnson
A teenager in Montreal is raising a fuss after she was suspended last month for refusing to go home and change out of her short denim shorts, which violated the school dress code.
Lindsey Stocker said she was humiliated because the principal told her in front of the entire class that her shorts were too short and she would have to change. In response, Lindsey printed up signs saying "Don't humiliate her because she's wearing shorts. It's hot outside. Instead of shaming girls for their bodies, teach boys that girls are not sexual objects" and taped them up all over the school in protest. The administration pulled down the signs and suspended Lindsey. The Daily Mail has more on the story at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2646469/Pictured-short-shorts-got-suspended-Teen-wears-cut-offs-caused-controversy-Montreal-high-school.html
This is the third or fourth story of this type I've seen in recent months. Some parents are beginning to object to their girls -- particularly well-developed girls -- being targeted for dress code violations when they wear leggings or shorts or revealing shirts. Here's one such story about a protest about the dress code at an Illinois school: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2014/04/leggings-in-the-classroom-banned-by-illinois-school-dress-code-102192.html
Personally, I look at stories like this and think it's yet another example of people wishing the world were one way when it is really another. Like it or not, boys (and probably some young male teachers) will get distracted by girls wearing short shorts or mini skirts. Some girls can wear clothing like that without appearing immodest; others cannot. Girls would likely be distracted too by boys in skimpy clothing, which is why we don't let boys go shirtless in history class. Can boys and girls learn how to control themselves and should they be held accountable for sexual harassment in the hallways? Of course, but why make it harder for them than it has to be?
Besides, when I was in school we weren't allowed to wear shorts at all to school, no matter how hot it was outside. I think it might not be a bad idea to return to those days. School is not the beach. I say young Lindsey deserves her suspension.
What do you think about these school dress codes?
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