Skip to comments.Nova Scotia school board defends short shorts ban
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."
Why would it need to defend it? We live in such a stupid time.
I support school uniforms.
"The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision
of what is before them, glory and danger alike,
and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it."
We weren’t allowed to wear shorts at all when I was in school.
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????
Dress Code is not a new concept.. is it ?
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.
No, she doesn’t. Sadly...
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.
I doubt she does see it, Roberts-Davison sounds like a feminist airhead.
As do I. This mother is a fool.
Nothing new about dress codes, and this is a perfectly reasonable one.
“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?
I’ve been to Nova Scotia, there’s probably only 4 days a year these would be comfortable.
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That’s a good point. I guess that’s why it was mostly been settled by the Scots, English and Irish.
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.
“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.
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!
English kicked out the French, who settles it first.
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...
Yeah, I never did.
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Grateful for what exactly?
It is quite Chilly in Nova Scotia.
>> 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.
Oh shut up. A family/conservative website is no place for your 9th grade mentality.
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.
One could certainly argue that certain types of clothing can reasonably be banned in public schools...and private schools too.
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...
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
76% Yes, children shouldn’t dress that way
20% No, there’s nothing wrong with them
Bottom line: I support school uniforms.
“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.”
You, madame, are an idiot.
What a silly woman - her daughters 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.
...I imagine mummy is one of those women who wears low cut tops and then complains that men are always looking....
I suspect you are quite right.
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.
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!
WHAT???? SCHOOLGIRLS DRESSING LIKE SLUTS......!!!!
WHY DIDN’T THIS HAPPEN WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL?????
(I feel cheated.....)
A dress code to instill a sense of class is one thing. Uniforms are for fascists.
A dress code to instill a sense of class is one thing. Uniforms are for fascists.
No, the idea is to make school about learning, and not turning it into a fashion show.