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KFOR reports: Parents and students are both furious at the way inappropriate outfits were addressed on the first day of school.
Superintendent Ronda Bass says, "As I was greeting the children coming in I knew we had a major, major problem on our hands."
On the first day of school, Bass was one the first to welcome students back.
Bass says, "I am very proud to be known as 'Mama Bear Bass'.
Bass says she's very protective of her students and after she saw what some of the girls were wearing she decided to sit them down at the end of the day.
"The first question I asked was how many of you in here believe that there are female students on the campus today that are dressed completely inappropriate," says Bass. "Most of their hands went up."
That's not what senior Stephanie Stewart remembers, though.
Stewart says, "The first sentence was, 'Have y'all ever seen any 'skanks' around this school.' Around the end she said, 'I don't want to see anyone's ass hanging out of their shorts.'"
We asked Bass if those words were ever used.
"I knew that students from other towns were calling our girls really negative names. The message I wanted to send to them was I don't want them to be called those names," says Bass. "I want us to be known as the classy lady Bears."
This morning Bass followed up, unannounced.
According to Stephanie, she asked just the girls to stand up while she did a dress code check, even asking some of the girls to bend over.
Stephanie was singled out because in Bass' opinion her dress was too short.
Bass says, "If you're not comfortable with bending over, we might have a problem."
Stephanie says her superintendent handled the situation inappropriately, sending some of her friends home crying on the first week of school.
"A lot of girls actually felt humiliated," says Stewart. "You could see it in their faces that they were."
Bass said that she thought the problem was so widespread, she sent an email to teachers saying, "Our female students are pushing the limits. We all know this to be true... please help us stay on top of this until a new norm of modesty is established."
Bass says that she stands by the way she addressed the students and believes she did the right thing.
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good for her... her students are lucky she cares.. seems their parents don't
Good job! If parents don't know it is inappropriate to show skin at school, someone has to take the lead. She was absolutely correct in doing so.
If they dress like a slut they probably are.
Stick them all in uniforms. There. Problem solved.
This is NOT an abuse of power. It is her job! The girls know the dress codes and if they chose to dress against the codes they should expect to be called on it. As for the comment that you bend at the knees, come on really?
Good job.........someone has to set standards, apparently some parents and some female students have low standards or none at all.The problem for anyone who thinks this is sexist is apparently the male students are a bit more modest.
The principal was so right and the parents should not allow their girls to go to school dressed like that. They wear thongs under those short dresses leaving nothing to the imagination. Everyone knows that teenagers have roaring hormones and this just brakes it worse and the guys make inappriate
Well, there are so many issues here that it's difficult to know where to begin. First, what is wrong with the parents that allow this? Secondly, did the school send out the dress code rules in advance of the start of school? Was this different than the dress code rules of the previous year? When I was in high school in 1970--72, our skirts were short. No one bent over. You'd better be good at deep knee bends or at sliding your back down a wall to pick up something from the floor. If you showed your rump, you were done and sent home.
Shaming girls in this fashion is sexist and a grotesque abuse of power. Period.
They humilated themselves through their inappropriate dress. They know there is a dress code. I blame the parents as well. Everyone is well aware of a schools dress code. How hard is to follow it? I used to be against school "uniforms", but as I get older I think it is a better idea. I remember my mother sending back upstairs to change when I wore a skirt that she felt was to short for school and would violate our HS dress code.