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.
poll at link
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.