This topic here is a great example of why our society it turning to shite.
Cut to the chase we have a situation where some students are not adhering to the dress code and the conversation gets manipulated and changed to a point that we are discussing side issues on a PC basis and the real issue gets lost in the chatter.
The teacher probably rattled off a whole raft of reasons about why their conduct was not acceptable and the only item that gets focused on is distraction to other students and people pick up the ball on that and off we go on another tangent and the real issue gets left behind
youre joking right? The topic is 100% on point.
1. There are other ways to deal with it, and a PRINCIPAL can be expected not to get this fundamental to her job aspect wrong. ie: Suspension for breach of school rules.
2. There is no evidence that the skirts are in fact shockingly short. We just have her word for it. It could very easily be she is a prude, and power tripper.
3. She admits to singling out girls for an assembly, where the topics of distraction, and short skirts were broached. Theres no way to justify that. She is by implication suggesting the distraction is the girls fault.
But, its WHY you cant blame girls for the issues boys face dealing with their own hormones. Not to mention there are girls, not necessarily in short skirts who will take on some of that and who knows how it effects their self esteem, or how they see their bodies. She, and you, have no right to expect that to be acceptable. These are not separate side issues, they are the issues. People arent angry for the reasons you seem to think, they are concerned about the message, and its a message not easily undone for every last potentially negatively effected student. This is very much an issue about suitability for a job, in a PUBLIC SCHOOL.
Its clear she said short skirts, and that distracts boys (regardless of whatever else you IMAGINE she might have said). It doesnt matter if thats all she said, or part of what she said. That part, is reprehensible for the principal of a public school.
This dress code thing isnt rocket science.
She made statements, by her own admission, that the girls were singled out for an assembly, and both dress code and the distraction for boys that short skirts create. She has since tried to clean it up, but its of little consequence to the complaint because even if she said more, it doesnt change the connection between the two things in dispute.
You cant, in a public school, tell a girl she is to blame for a boys inability to focus simply because she wore clothing that is not illegal.
There are SOME boys (and really, the concern is theres just one, not necessarily a few), who will interpret that as justification. And that is a genuine potential problem for their future wives, daughters or strangers passing by on a bus they decide to vent their twisted mind at. It also runs the risk of shaming some girls not necessarily in short skirts, therefor innocent of the entire thing. There are good reasons this isnt acceptable, and that is from people who make a living understanding such things as depression and domestic and or sexual violence. And no, Im not suggesting in the playground, it could be 20 years after the boy leaves school.
Moreover, I dont get why you cant grasp this. If the dress is clearly not to code, suspend the girl and send her home. Problem solved. Something tells me the skirts arent as drastically short as is being made out, and the principal thinks she is the base for morals and values. Because if they were so short to be crude, they would be sent home. I highly doubt they are being left to their own devices, walking around with what was it Alby, bahjingas hanging out?
This isnt difficult, a teacher, a principal needs to possess the wherewithal to know this. She isnt there to teach your values, she has to cater to many and varied values. Its not a private school. If she cant manage that, maybe look for employment in a private school, where parents are paying thousands and wont be happy to see little Mary suspended and will gladly ensure her skirt is below the knee. She has shown she isnt cut out for the job, her decision process for the top job at a school is lacking. And yes, its a basic blunder for someone in that position.
Is it distracting? Sure, I have no doubt. I went to school, and girls for sure had short skirts. I was at times distracted, but it was my issue, not the girls.