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Nova Scotia school board defends short shorts ban
Toronto Sun ^ | May 13, 2014 | QMI Agency

Posted on 05/13/2014 5:14:37 PM PDT by rickmichaels

A Nova Scotia school board is defending its decision to tell students wearing short shorts to change their clothes.

Julia Roberts-Davison of Truro, N.S., has started a petition online after her Grade 8 daughter was told not to wear her cut-off jean shorts to school again. Other girls were also told to change their clothes.

"I was told that their shorts are a distraction to the learning environment. That morning, the students were told that their shorts are a distraction to male students and teachers," Roberts-Davison wrote in her Change.org petition.

"My daughter is not an object to be ogled. This is the worst possible thing that you can tell a teenage girl: you can't wear shorts because you're a distraction."

But the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is defending the decision, telling the Truro Daily News they use the fingertip test -- students are asked to put their hands down at their sides and their shorts cannot be shorter than their fingertips.

In a photo Roberts-Davison sent to the paper, it shows her daughter's shorts reach the end of her curled-up fingers.

In responding to messages on its Facebook page, a board spokesperson noted students are allowed to wear shorts that are "appropriate for a school setting."

The board added: "If a student wears an article of clothing that is not appropriate — pants that ride too low or muscle shirts, for example — then a conversation happens with the student and his/her parent or guardian. If possible, the student is asked to change into something more appropriate."

Critics on Facebook are calling on the school board to rethink the ban on short shorts.

Clare Prowse called it "absolutely appalling. This is Nova Scotia, not Saudi Arabia."



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1 posted on 05/13/2014 5:14:37 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Why would it need to defend it? We live in such a stupid time.


2 posted on 05/13/2014 5:15:16 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: rickmichaels

I support school uniforms.


3 posted on 05/13/2014 5:15:20 PM PDT by dfwgator
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4 posted on 05/13/2014 5:16:10 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rickmichaels

We weren’t allowed to wear shorts at all when I was in school.


5 posted on 05/13/2014 5:16:51 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: rickmichaels

Her daughter is not an object to be ogled, yet she is in favor of her daughter wearing clothes which will make her a center of attention for that. Does she not see the disconnect in her reasoning????


6 posted on 05/13/2014 5:17:33 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Dress Code is not a new concept.. is it ?


7 posted on 05/13/2014 5:18:29 PM PDT by Bidimus1
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8 posted on 05/13/2014 5:19:30 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels

It worries me to see young girls dress too provocatively, because I don’t believe they have the years behind them to understand the dangers they face. If someone wants to dress provocatively as an adult, at least they know the dangers. These young girls are clueless.


9 posted on 05/13/2014 5:20:55 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Dilbert San Diego

No, she doesn’t. Sadly...


10 posted on 05/13/2014 5:21:22 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Dilbert San Diego

What a silly woman - her daughter’s butt cheeks are probably half hanging out of the shirts yet she says she is not a subject to be ogled - I imagine mummy is one of those women who wears low cut tops and then complains that men are always looking at her boobs - ya just cannot win with some women.


11 posted on 05/13/2014 5:22:07 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I doubt she does see it, Roberts-Davison sounds like a feminist airhead.


12 posted on 05/13/2014 5:22:37 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: dfwgator
I support school uniforms.

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As do I. This mother is a fool.

13 posted on 05/13/2014 5:25:43 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rickmichaels

Nothing new about dress codes, and this is a perfectly reasonable one.


14 posted on 05/13/2014 5:27:10 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rickmichaels

“My daughter is not an object to be ogled.”

Come to school in bluejeans underwear, and dont act surprised when she is.

Stupid tramp mother. Does this kid have something that roughly resembles a dad?


15 posted on 05/13/2014 5:29:18 PM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: rickmichaels

I’ve been to Nova Scotia, there’s probably only 4 days a year these would be comfortable.


16 posted on 05/13/2014 5:32:09 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: rickmichaels; dynachrome

poll at link


17 posted on 05/13/2014 5:33:22 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

That’s a good point. I guess that’s why it was mostly been settled by the Scots, English and Irish.


19 posted on 05/13/2014 5:35:16 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rickmichaels

Why would parents argue.

They should be grateful.

HS and Jr High girls all like to wear the shorts. It’s more than a trend, it’s just what they wear.


20 posted on 05/13/2014 5:37:25 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: rickmichaels

“The worst possible thing you can tell a girl is not to wear shorts because she is a distraction.” Oh, please I can think of many worse things. For starters, your mother is an idiot.


21 posted on 05/13/2014 5:38:01 PM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: melsec

I was sitting here trying to think of something to say about this exact point you make and decided that there is no way I could do better!


22 posted on 05/13/2014 5:39:09 PM PDT by Cen-Tejas (it's the debt bomb stupid!)
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To: trisham

English kicked out the French, who settles it first.


23 posted on 05/13/2014 5:40:10 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: rickmichaels

My daughters school has a simple rule...shorts can’t be higher than her fingertips with hands held down at her sides...problem solved. This mother is a boob...


24 posted on 05/13/2014 5:43:03 PM PDT by bike800
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To: cripplecreek
We weren’t allowed to wear shorts at all when I was in school.

Yeah, I never did.

25 posted on 05/13/2014 5:43:14 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: ifinnegan
Nova Scotia=New Scotland

The Scots?

26 posted on 05/13/2014 5:49:17 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: rickmichaels; 2ndDivisionVet; 45semi; A knight without armor; Alexander Rubin; all the best; ...
Thanks to BBell for this one!
I'll side with the school on this one.

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27 posted on 05/13/2014 5:49:57 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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28 posted on 05/13/2014 5:51:36 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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29 posted on 05/13/2014 5:53:52 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: ifinnegan
They should be grateful.

Grateful for what exactly?

30 posted on 05/13/2014 5:54:39 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: rickmichaels

It is quite Chilly in Nova Scotia.


31 posted on 05/13/2014 5:56:28 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: dfwgator

>> I support school uniforms.

I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t. That’s the norm here in Asia even in university. Also a ban on jewelry.

Saves at lot of money, serves as a reminder to the kids of exactly why they are in school, avoids distractions such as this, reduces bullying and teasing of kids who come from poor families, reduces competition over who looks the best and eliminates it altogether over who has the best/most expensive stuff - at least at school.


32 posted on 05/13/2014 5:58:53 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: gaijin

Oh shut up. A family/conservative website is no place for your 9th grade mentality.


33 posted on 05/13/2014 6:01:22 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: ifinnegan

Bring back the string skirt that young girls were required to don at puberty and shed at marriage, link to follow.

Appears to be a wide spread Euro thing thousands of years old still followed with modification in parts of Europe.


34 posted on 05/13/2014 6:04:46 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: dynachrome; rickmichaels
Do you think school boards should ban short shorts?

76%
Yes, children shouldn't dress that way
658 votes

20%
No, there's nothing wrong with them
172 votes

4%
Undecided
33 votes
35 posted on 05/13/2014 6:06:39 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Little Bill

http://www.smith.edu/hsc/museum/ancient_inventions/stringskirt2.html


36 posted on 05/13/2014 6:07:59 PM PDT by Little Bill (EVICT Queen Jean)
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To: rickmichaels

One could certainly argue that certain types of clothing can reasonably be banned in public schools...and private schools too.


37 posted on 05/13/2014 6:10:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: rickmichaels

My daughter is not an object to be ogled.
_______________________________________

Lady...what don’t call you lady OK you know best...Slut, if you really didn’t want your daughter to be ogled, youd make sure she was covered decently...


38 posted on 05/13/2014 6:19:04 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Gay State Conservative

I am a radical in this area. I worked a private school and sat on the uniform committee. I recommended that boys and girls have the same uniform; I suggested no shorts for the boys and no skirts for the girls. I wanted all the students to have long trousers, polo shirts, the same style shoes. A unisex uniform. That way girls couldn’t roll or hem their skirts up and boy’s couldn’t sag their shorts.

I also said the rule for hair should be the same for both boys and girls; If it touches the collar it should be tired back. Dyed hair must be a color that you could have possibly been born with. No purple, pink or blue high lights
No spikes, no gel,no glam, no sticking up. no bangs in eyes.

The students hated me - Some of the parents really liked me


39 posted on 05/13/2014 6:30:25 PM PDT by Fai Mao (Genius at Large)
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To: rickmichaels

76% Yes, children shouldn’t dress that way
683 votes

20% No, there’s nothing wrong with them
176 votes

4% Undecided
34 votes

Bottom line: I support school uniforms.


40 posted on 05/13/2014 6:33:15 PM PDT by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416,Feisty Old Vet !!)
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To: rickmichaels

“My daughter is not an object to be ogled. This is the worst possible thing that you can tell a teenage girl: you can’t wear shorts because you’re a distraction.”

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You, madame, are an idiot.


41 posted on 05/13/2014 6:44:25 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: melsec

What a silly woman - her daughter’s butt cheeks are probably half hanging out of the shirts yet she says she is not a subject to be ogled - I imagine mummy is one of those women who wears low cut tops and then complains that men are always looking at her boobs - ya just cannot win with some women.


Or Mom may be one of these activist types who encourage women to go on “slut walks”, and let it all hang out, to demonstrate somehow that women are not to be targets of sexual assault due to what they are wearing.


42 posted on 05/13/2014 6:46:00 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: melsec

...I imagine mummy is one of those women who wears low cut tops and then complains that men are always looking....

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I suspect you are quite right.


43 posted on 05/13/2014 6:46:24 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: trisham

You’re familiar with the Acadian Expulsion?

First it was New France, then Acadia, later New Scotland.

Nova Scotia as a Scottish colony only lasted a few years. French were expelled in the 1740’s or so.

Many of those expelled ended up in Louisiana and became the Cajuns.


44 posted on 05/13/2014 6:46:37 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: Fai Mao

Generally agree, but Darling Daughter did experiment with some dramatic hair colors.

The best was jet black with blue streaks framing her face. It really framed her face quite well and made her blue eyes just pop!


45 posted on 05/13/2014 6:46:55 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: trisham

WHAT???? SCHOOLGIRLS DRESSING LIKE SLUTS......!!!!

WHY DIDN’T THIS HAPPEN WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL?????

(I feel cheated.....)


46 posted on 05/13/2014 6:50:44 PM PDT by njslim (T)
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To: rickmichaels

Julia RobertshyphenDavison

47 posted on 05/13/2014 6:50:50 PM PDT by null and void (When was the last time you heard anyone say: "It's a free country"?)
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To: dfwgator
I support school uniforms.

A dress code to instill a sense of class is one thing. Uniforms are for fascists.

48 posted on 05/13/2014 6:51:45 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: dfwgator
I support school uniforms.

A dress code to instill a sense of class is one thing. Uniforms are for fascists.

49 posted on 05/13/2014 6:51:47 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

No, the idea is to make school about learning, and not turning it into a fashion show.


50 posted on 05/13/2014 6:53:22 PM PDT by dfwgator
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