School board places guidelines on length of shorts

Raissa Tetanish
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TRURO - If you're going to be wearing shorts to school, you better do a length test.

The mother of a female student at Truro Junior High School took a picture of her daughter in a pair of shorts she wore to school last week. The student was told not to wear the shorts to school again.

In response to parents and students claiming some girls at Truro Junior High School were made to change for wearing shorts, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board's spokesperson confirmed there are guidelines to follow.

"It's not in the student handbook, but there is a guideline that all our middle schools in the Cobequid Family of Schools follows," said Debbie Buott-Matheson. "When the student stands up, whether it's female or male, and put their hands down at their sides, where their fingertips lay is the guideline. Shorts can't be any shorter than that."

The guideline goes not just for shorts, but dresses and skirts as well, and also includes faculty.

"If a student is taller than another, they may be wearing the same shorts but they will fall shorter because they are taller," she added. "Faculty never want to look at someone and say, ‘you can't wear that.' It's unfortunate that it has come to that, and it's unfortunate because no one wants to feel their personal expression is being stifled."

She said, however, that school is a learning environment and staff is in place to make decisions to make that learning environment comfortable for all students, and non-distracting.

A number of students and parents contacted the Truro Daily News newsroom about some female students at the school being made to change for wearing shorts.

"My daughter sent me a text (Friday) morning saying that she got in trouble for wearing shorts," wrote a mother of a Grade 8 student. "I went to the school to speak to the vice-principal and she informed me that the shorts were too short."

The mother, who didn't want to be identified or to identify her daughter, told the vice-principal that she didn't feel they were.

"They are in no way short, nothing is exposed and they fall at an acceptable length," she wrote. "I told her that I completely disagreed and that my daughter would continue to wear those shorts and her other ones to school."

A student also wrote to the Truro Daily News, stating she had been one of about 50 girls to wear shorts that day and also said a few "were driven home by faculty members" to change.

"We feel that this is not right," she wrote. "The faculty say we need to cover ourselves up so that we ‘don't distract male students and/or faculty members.' Why can't they stop teaching us to cover up and start teaching the guys to respect us?"

A number of female students chose to wear shorts to school again on Monday, including the mother's daughter who was again called into the office.

"These girls are being told that they can't wear shorts because it is distracting to male students and teachers. Our girls are being victimized for wearing shorts ... it's like they have to change their way of dressing because it makes men uncomfortable ... but it's OK for men to "ogle" our daughters," she said.

Buott-Matheson said when a school has an issue with dress code, for example if a male student is wearing pants low enough to see his underwear, it isn't about singling out students.

"It may be a judgment call on behalf of the administration. That's what they are there for, to help monitor the school environment and to make it so it isn't uncomfortable or distracting," she said.

While the guidelines aren't included in the junior high school's student handbook found online, it does include a section on ‘consequences of failing code of behaviour,' which includes suspension.

The mother said her daughter was told she could face suspension.

"She is not to wear shorts that fall mid-thigh ... which I thought hers did," she wrote. "She will be suspended next time. No more chances because she is being defiant."

An online petition has been started to have both the school board and school ‘change their stand on the dress code and re-evaluate the reasons that our daughters are being given for not being allowed to wear shorts.' The petition can be found at http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/chignecto-central-regional-school-board-and-truro-junior-high-school-change-their-stand-on-the-dress-code-and-re-evaluate-the-reasons-that-our-daughters-are-being-given-for-not-being-allowed-to-wear-shorts?share_id=PkzvAklTFu&utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition.

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Organizations: Truro Junior High School, Central Regional School Board, Truro Daily News En-CA

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  • sir
    May 15, 2014 - 07:31

    stop saying length should be at fingertips when arms are straight and just say shorts or skirts can be no shorter than 1 inch above the knee.case closed

  • Stephen
    May 14, 2014 - 11:23

    Guidelines exist for a reason. Sometimes there really is no good reason and others there is a perfectly good one. Regardless of what one's opinion is of the reason the rules exist therefore one is expected to follow them. I'm not for this idea because I didn't grow up with a uniform in the schools system, but if people have an issue following the dress code, maybe its time to eliminate the chance and make everyone wear the same thing. That eliminates many aspects of the issue and other related subjects as well like bullying based on what someone is wearing. Just to put it in perspective this is coming from someone who is just under 10 years of graduating from High School

  • Rob
    May 14, 2014 - 00:42

    One: I can't believe this is even a discussion! The school has dress guidelines so follow them!!! Two: If you don't think you should have to follow the schools rules then perhaps you should start looking for another school that doesn't have any rules! Three: Oh yeah! When you do get older and go to work you will most likely have a dress code! McDonald's even has one! Sooooo you might as well get used to dress codes (ladies and gentlemen).

    • Amanda
      May 14, 2014 - 07:58

      There is nothing on the school or CCRSB regarding length of anything or anything regarding dress code regulations on either page or in the student hand book.

    • Wandy
      May 20, 2014 - 06:12

      Exactly. Every place, whether it be retail or an office job has a dress code. The parents these days seem to be encouraging their kids to be defiant and not respect authority. Kids are becoming entitled. I have teenagers as well; but expect them to follow and respect rules.

  • Anonymous
    May 13, 2014 - 20:52

    As a former student and current employee throughout many schools belonging to CCRSB in my lifetime, i have found that the school board should and does have rules that apply to both genders, however there are "loopholes" if you will about it. Students are not allowed wearing shorts that short for both genders, however as a male, i wouldnt go around wearing shorts like that anyway, as would almost no male. Secondly, I find on a daily bases that dress code problems are enforced more with girls then boys, as no one really takes notice as to what the boys are wearing, or how low there pants sag. Personally, i believe we ether let the kids wear what they want, or enforce school uniforms, as it keeps the playing field level for everyone, shorts like that are here to stay, as are yoga pants and all the other "slightly revealing clothing", and i personally would rather not waste my time getting after kids for what they are wearing, when to be perfectly honest there are worse things and worse kids to keep an eye on.

  • Kathleen Murray
    May 13, 2014 - 19:24

    The School Board is correct. There should be a stricter dress code in my opinion. That young girl really has no idea. She is too young and innocent. Her mother should know better.

  • Kathleen Murray
    May 13, 2014 - 19:22

    The School Board is correct. There should be a stricter dress code in my opinion. That young girl really has no idea. She is too young and innocent. Her mother should know better.

  • J
    May 13, 2014 - 16:20

    I'm glad the ccrsb is standing their ground on this. Rules are rules, we don't get to pick and choose which ones we want to follow (unless we want to end up in the welfare line or behind bars)! This mother is honestly teaching her daughter a HORRIBLE lesson, "you only have to respect authority if it suits you". Also, it's not an objectification of women, the rule is clearly stated that it's for both genders, those shorts clearly don't make the cut, and the fact that she thought no one would pick up on the fact that her daughter's arms aren't straight down, and that her hands are balled- not flat - is insulting to the rest of Truro! School, same as just about any reputable place of employment, is a place where those shorts aren't acceptable. End of story!

    • Wandy
      May 20, 2014 - 06:16

      I agree. As the mother of 2 teenagers, I see this happening more and more- parents encouraging their kids to be defiant and not respect authority. Disheartening.

  • Laura
    May 13, 2014 - 15:30

    I don't think they realize how hard it is these days for young girls to buy shorts that are appropriate lengths. I've been looking high and low for mid thigh shorts.

  • Liz
    May 13, 2014 - 15:13

    I agree with the school, shorts length should be controlled for both males and females alike. I believe there should be a dress code at school - this is an institution of learning and preparing people for the workplace. Many children are not learning respect at home, so please try to maintain it at school. School uniforms would solve this issue, as well as the bullying problem of those less fortunate that can't afford the expensive brand names. There should be a certain amount of decorum at any school - I am worried about my daughter going into a school next year where junior and high school kids are together in Brookfield...I was there for a meeting not too long ago and we parents, along with the principal, vice principals and some school board staff all passed two teenagers laying across the stairs making out and not one school professional said anything - that is unacceptable.

  • Sorry For All The Words
    May 13, 2014 - 13:38

    Ah, and here's a lovely case of how sexism is still alive and kicking. Now just let me say that short shorts probably aren't appropriate for school – though even that is arguable – and that guidelines are by no means unreasonable. But what we should be paying attention to here are not the guidelines themselves, but rather the reasons behind their implementation. That schools might expect their attendants to dress to a common standard is one thing, but the moment you read 'non-distracting', red flags should be going off in your head. Girls have been distracting boys since long before short shorts existed. If you want a solution, you aren't going to find it in how female students dress. I'm not by any means suggesting we leave it to boys will be boys, but I will say that shorts will be shorts and the only thing these guidelines are doing is making sure that girls know they can't make their own decisions on how they dress if a male's education could be harmed in the process. As an (amateur) student of philosophy, though, I'm always open to discussion.

  • Jan
    May 13, 2014 - 13:23

    Can we start another petition asking the school to stand by it's stance and just be clearer about the guidelines and show more common sense and sensitivity in explaining it?

  • Parley Mosher
    May 13, 2014 - 13:16

    Re New Glasgow Evening News comments: “Teachers” are meant to do just that … teach. Teaching is more than math and reading. Teachers help our children with self esteem, social skills and proper behaviour. By the way, it is not summer, it is barely spring and the recent weather has barely been decent for shorts. Furthermore, if you expect all parents to be responsible parents who are capable of, or care to, impart logical guidance to their children, there are many parents that fall short of being able, or willing to do so. If you are 41 and wearing shorts shorter than those in the picture, I hope you have remained poolside, or in your own back yard because if you were at the mall or some other public place, the reason you were not ogled could be that perhaps people were looking away in embarassment!

  • suzanne
    May 13, 2014 - 13:14

    oh yeah, lets teach these kids to disrespect the rules because they don't agree with them...with this mentality it's no wonder there's so many kids who truly believe the Universe revolves around them... stop being your ids friend and lead by example

  • TJHS
    May 13, 2014 - 13:08

    I frequent this school daily and am shocked daily at how some girls look they are going clubbing. Is it just me or is public social media one sided humiliation just so wrong? What is this teaching these kids? Be a mom not a friend to these kids. Wear the shorts at home, weekends, socially or anywhere else but school. It's shocking to me with all the real serious issues going on in the world and even in our small town that fighting the world to let your daughter wear shorter shorts is taking up everyone's energy. I would defend my daughter on anything BUT not respecting and following the rules of her school and staff is not one of them. It's no wonder kids are so out of control these days. Thy aren't made to respect anyone. My heart breaks for Ms McLean and the male teachers that are all getting portrayed a certain way because of a Facebook blast.

  • CR
    May 13, 2014 - 12:31

    Rules are rules and the mother is not teaching her daughter about respecting rules when she is running to the media with this story. She has her hands clenched and the rules state that they must be the length where the fingertips end, which these shorts clearly are not. When she gets a job, are you going to run to her boss and the media when she doesn't like her work place rules?

  • Debbie Walsh
    May 13, 2014 - 12:26

    I would like to know if any boys were driven home because their shorts were "too short" or if only the girls shorts addressed? It becomes less about the dress code and more about the sexualization of the girls as if the male population can't possibly control themselves in the face of a few sets of bare legs. The reasons given to the girls are unacceptable and perpetrate a rape culture that needs to be shut down.

  • Amanda
    May 13, 2014 - 12:13

    I am so annoyed by this. Parents you are wanting your children to continue to wear short shorts to prove what? That we do not have to follow rules? We cannot show respect to rules and regulations? You are teaching your children the wrong message. Maybe it should not have been stated that the shorts are a distraction, but think of it the other way - underwear hanging out or butt crack hanging out is also not acceptable. If you want to use the words it is not acceptable because it is a distraction, that you are just looking to be defiant as well. It is not allowed - it should not be allowed, we need to teach respect yes - we absolutely need to teach respect. Respect to our girls, respect to our boys, respect to our teachers, respect to our administration and most importantly respect to RULES. Sadly as you move forward in your life you have many other rules to follow - no fighting in school - which then leads to no punching a co-worker in the face, or in public. These rules that are set at places like school exist simply because we are trying to teach both boys and girls for respect. Take out the media swing on this and look at the real issue. The rules were broken and it was broken by girls. The girls need to follow them. Simply because they are rules and not because of how them following rules affect their self-worth or that they are sexual objects, it is simply not okay to break rules. We need to start teaching our children they cannot get and have anything and everything they want. We as parents need to be the ones showing example - follow the rules - stop overthinking it!

    • Mesa
      May 13, 2014 - 14:05

      I agree wholeheartedly and I have 2 daughters.

    • Mesa
      May 13, 2014 - 14:14

      To the people saying it is sexism and all this...why send your daughters in any clothes at all?Being naked shouldn't cause any distraction or alarm right? Take a real stand in your right to be free and protest in the nude...this whole thing is ridiculous..the girls now are wearing next to nothing skin tight clothes. Give me a break. I bet the parents would be enraged and start a petition really quick if the boys went to school wearing spandex short shorts showing every bit of their anatomy.Double standard indeed.

  • GG
    May 13, 2014 - 11:02

    As a mother of 3 children who have gone through the public school system I applaude the authorities for taking a stand on this dress code issue. I can not understand why a parent would challenge this. What are you teaching your children with this attitude and behaviour, dress codes are dress codess, not only are they in schools but if and when their children enter the work force they will be expected to follow a dress code! School is about learning, preparing students for the future and if a dress code is expected to be followed so be it. What do the parents expect their children to do or say, "it's against my rights", I am not wearing a uniform to work! I am not abiding by your rules and policies", Really, come on, I am a parent, and not a prude but I want my children to value their rights and at the same time appreciate and have respect for others and themselves. The students can wear their PJ's and shorts that are either falling down or up to expose whatever parts they feel necessary to expose...but not at school...or work for that matter!

    • TJHS PARENT
      May 13, 2014 - 13:01

      Amen!!!

  • suzanne
    May 13, 2014 - 10:59

    oh yeah, lets teach these kids to disrespect the rules because they don't agree with them...with this mentality it's no wonder there's so many kids who truly believe the Universe revolves around them... stop being your ids friend and lead by example

  • Lori
    May 13, 2014 - 10:57

    The thing that gets me in all of this is that these girls are getting told that their shorts are causing a distraction to other students and faculty. If you're teaching your children to sexualize anatomy to the point where it disrupts their learning environment, maybe these parents need to take a look at themselves. Whether these shorts are appropriate for school or not, it's no excuse for others being distracted by them. This IS how rape culture is started; being distracted by another's anatomy and what they choose to wear, objectifying them for that...learn some respect. One's choice of clothing shouldn't matter to you unless it's offensive in the way of being racist/sexist/any of your ists, inappropriate words and/or sayings. If you're that offended by the human body, that is your own problem. Not theirs. For the administration system to give the reason that it's a distraction is pathetic. It should be a wake up call that these students are not being taught how to respect one another.

    • Jan
      May 13, 2014 - 12:42

      I was a teen-age girl once. Lets be realistic here. The reason teen-age girls wear short shorts IS to distract the boys. Should the boys be focusing on the girls, no, but should the girls be focusing on getting the boys to focus on them in ways that don't include impressing them with their personality and intellect, just using their clothes, or lack there of, to get attention? Also no.

  • Tracy
    May 13, 2014 - 10:33

    i totally agree with the school board setting in place something like this.. back when i went to school, mind you im only 30, we did not wear "short shorts"... some parents neglect to understand what roles celebrities are playing in young peoples lives and that noone wants to take the time to teach children how to dress properly while attending certain functions. its laziness on the parents' part and they should be ashamed of their kid going around looking like trash because it attracts negative attention! the clothing these days just doesnt make any young girl look like a girl should.. all we see now is short shorts and shirts above the belly button.. you cant get a job looking like that so why would you want to dress like it now?

  • Sheri Cameron
    May 13, 2014 - 10:32

    Did the school have permission for their faculty to drive these students home to change? Those 'rules' have been around since I was in junior high. Which also included tee shirts with any graphic content on them. If the boys and the teachers, etc, at the schools cant control themselves around a bunch of girls who are dressed in shorts, then maybe they need the help and not those girls

  • C Bartlett
    May 13, 2014 - 10:06

    It is unfortunate that the some parents do not see that teaching their children how to appropriately only helps them later in life when they try to be gainfully employed. Understanding what is appropriate and what is not, in certain settings, is an education that in my opinion many individuals have not learned.School is a place for learning, having policies that address appropriate dress while in school should be respected and we all should be thankful that they have those polices. This isn't about freedom of expression, its about knowing what is appropriate and expected and that there are consequences if you are not following those policies. I do hope that the policy regarding appropriate dress is being consistently applied for all genders as well as consistently applied in all schools though, otherwise it is not meaningfully. The School Board has a responsibility to ensure that their policies are actually being enacted in the schools.

  • kyla
    May 13, 2014 - 08:59

    i think if its not shwoing anything you can why no

  • Heidi
    May 13, 2014 - 08:39

    Wow this mother and the others following suit need to shake their heads, way to teach your children that authority is non exsistant congrats when your children are all job less and in trouble with the law please take a look in the mirror like honest to god how old are you? These are your children, it is your job to teach them self respect and in that dressing like a beach baby in the class room is not doing so, what it is saying is that "hey i have no respect for my self so why should anyone else respect me" no it has nothing to do with teaching boys to respect your daughters it has to do with the fact that even as a girl we do not respect boys who walk around with their pants around their ankles and topless, so teach ALL your kids respect and dress them appropriately for the occation and for god sakes STOP TEACHING THEM AUTHORITY IS NOTHING BUT A JOKE! Be parents not best friends stop living your childhood through your kids!

  • Nicole
    May 13, 2014 - 08:38

    I agree with the school board. This is the problem today, instead of supporting teachers and principals the mother is outraged and encouraging the daughter to continue wearing the shorts. I have a 15 year old daughter. She is to respect school dress code, not being victimized, but also why would you want your daughter wearing shorts that short? When my daughter is at the campground or home during the summer wear her short shorts and belly shirts, school is not the place for that. Would she wear that to work?

  • NSresident
    May 13, 2014 - 08:21

    The detail I find most disturbing in this whole story is that: 'The faculty say we need to cover ourselves up so that we ‘don't distract male students and/or faculty members.' The "faculty members" part really gets me. If, indeed, that was conveyed to students, I have to wonder why there is a concern for adult professionals not being able to function properly in an environment where young girls are wearing shorts. This seems to imply that the administration has so little confidence in the moral and ethical standards of its male teachers that all young girls must cover themselves to avoid "enticing" those in positions of trust and authority? Barf. Women fought the same sort of battle almost 30 years ago in Truro schools for the right to wear pants. I can't believe we have progressed so little since then that shorts are still this big of an issue.

  • Darlene
    May 13, 2014 - 07:31

    I believe certain standards of dress are appropriate, however as a parent who has also gone through this battle the fingertip test is not a good guideline. Everyone's body proportions are different a person with a short upper body and long arms would have to wear shorts to their knees and a person with shorter arms may not have to cover their butt. It is an unfair way of measuring. (Had the teacher do the fingertip test and his shorts wouldn't have covered his butt) Set an inseam length and there is no question as to appropriate length. I think the dress code is a tad outdated and needs to look at the changing times and the boys should also be held to certain code shirtless in gym or or while playing basketball is not appropriate nor is wearing their pants so you can see half or more of their underwear.

  • your grandmother
    May 13, 2014 - 07:29

    Have some self respect and dress appropriately for the venue. You are in the classroom not at the beach. Boys can't wear wife-beater T-shirts to school and the same rules about shorts apply to them. There is no discrimination here or oppression. Grow up. You're supposed to be young adults. Stop acting like petulant children. This mother and her Facebook activism is setting a bad example. Parents are supposed to work with the school for the benefit of the students. Throwing a cyber-fit because you don't think the rules should apply to your special snowflake is not preparing them for the real world. What's this girl going to do when she gets a job and the boss tells her she can't wear her short-shorts? Will her mom get on Facebook and hassle her employer?

    • Anonymous
      May 13, 2014 - 20:59

      To your comment about boys wearing wife beater t-shirts, yes actually they can, i actually see it all the time with boys going to gym

  • Karen Porter
    May 13, 2014 - 07:05

    Dress codes are in effect at workplaces, colleges, universities, courts, bars, golf courses and many other places. The TJHS guidelines states appropriate for an educational environment and no revealing clothing. The shorts in the photo have an in seam of approx. 2-3 inches and when she sits down they will be even less. The school has deemed them inappropriate for school and I agree. The school us expected to help prepare our children for the real world. In the real world there are rules and regulations to follow and this just happens to be one of them.

  • Edith
    May 13, 2014 - 06:47

    We should be teaching the kids modesty and not hide who you are because it might be a distraction to the opposite sex! Really!!! Girls should be allowed to wear reasonable shorts and tanks tops! Oh my a bra strap is showing! Get real! Worry about educating our kids and not dictating what they wear! This after all is what your paid to do!

    • chief wiggam
      May 13, 2014 - 07:55

      and part of that education is what is appropriate to where in what circumstances.

  • charles
    May 13, 2014 - 06:29

    OK, lets stop and an make it easy, shorts to the knees for all,,,,THAT SIMPLE.

  • Karen
    May 13, 2014 - 05:50

    Shorts are not the only problem in schools now a days.I feel that shorts can be worn but as standards say at fingertip length which is great.Along with that should be women/girls have to cover up on top as well instead of having half of their bras hanging out also men should be forced to wear acceptable dress as well forcing them to keep their pants pulled up to cover their undergarments,{girls to}. I work in retail and am forced to see the way people dress everyday and it totally disgusts me.....bras hanging out,thongs visible,pants halfway down a guys butt.Its gross,have a bit of modesty people.

  • Not a Teacher
    May 13, 2014 - 05:47

    Before we all blow this out of proportion, girls CAN wear shirts, they just have a minimum length. Boys are also supposed to pull up their pants to their waist. I have no problem with there being a minimum length on shorts. I think that sometimes we over think things. Make sure you are informed before you sign a petition. Again people are allowed to wear shorts to school, the same guidelines are in place for both boys and girls.

  • nik
    May 12, 2014 - 23:09

    debbie Buott-Matheson states: "When the student stands up, whether it's female or male, and put their hands down at their sides, where their fingertips lay is the guideline. Shorts can't be any shorter than that." I ask: what happens when you have a boy almost 6 ft tall with long fingers. Then what? or a young girl with a shorter hand then normal. Then what? The dress code was written in the 1920's I say its time for an update to accommodate the fashion trends with new guidelines.

    • Beck
      May 13, 2014 - 10:45

      You asked what happens if someone has a longer hand or shorter fingers - that's kinda why this rule was made? It's easier to say let your fingertips be the guide then saying all shorts must be "this" long - because if you have a girl that is much taller, obviously shorts that are "this" long will look much shorter on her? The fingertip rule serves as a guide for everyone, because obviously is it not the same or everybody and it is based on everyones own body instead of some general rule.

    • Tam
      May 13, 2014 - 14:32

      Actually the length of skirts in the 1920's was just below the knee. And shorts were a no-no! Get your facts straight. I say school uniforms for all...then we're all the same and not trying to compete.

    • R. Davis
      May 13, 2014 - 16:12

      I agree. It's time to change some guidelines. Lets' start in the home. With parents teaching their children self-respect. Teach them there's more to their personality than their bodies. But most of all parents, it's just as important to lead by example and be parents.

  • Greg Denton
    May 12, 2014 - 22:01

    Am I to understand that it's not really the length of the shorts that's at issue? And that it's the length of their arms? Girls with long arms can't wear shorts and that girls with short arms can? I think maybe they should only be suspended if they're wearing suspenders - those things are the real culprit in a learning environment! I vote for suspending the suspenders! Chignecto-Central Regional School Board is being as silly.

  • James Lees
    May 12, 2014 - 21:16

    Yet again the rash decision making of an oversized, and mismanaged bureaucracy rears its ugly head. Behold the glories of the largest N.S. school board, bloated and teetering on an inverse pyramid. Supposedly Canada is a just and equal society, in which women and men are equal, their rights respected regardless of appearance or opinions. Alas, the CCRSB however disregards this sacred duty, and spits in the face of our freedom to expression, and the respect of women around the world. Tell me should bureaucrats be permitted to ruin our tax funded public schools? Place the blame for men with no self-control on the shoulders of innocent women? Should the woes of a few be blamed on the many, and the rights for which we have fought so quickly forgotten? I as a male student value the equality given to my sisters of humanity, and it disgusts me that they should be blamed for the carelessness of men with no regard for respect. If they are not permitted to wear shorts, should we not likewise be limited, and should both of us be found in this bonding situation, are we not permitted to fight for our freedoms? The school is a learning environment, which should be an equal plane of academia. Should distractions arise resulting simply from the nature of the individual, these distractions must not be resolved by needless placing of blame, but my remediation of the individual. If a man cannot master control of himself, he cannot control his surroundings, and will surely fall to ruin. I call for an end to this nonsense and a return to the real reason for which we pay taxes to educate the populous. Issues such as this are a matter of the individual soul, and must be treated as such, for this deplorable discrimination is intolerable in our modern world, and should never be allowed to proliferate.

    • chief wiggam
      May 13, 2014 - 06:44

      wow that's a lot of words. so eloquently put together. your speech/rant mentions respect a few times there. maybe self respect is the thing here and societal respect. after all, one thing people seem to be forgetting is that we are all still just animals. sex is etched into our dna. it is how the human species survives, and if boys/men are distracted by girls/women it is only human nature. maybe people should be thinking of their children as young people going to work. i don't think you would like your wife/daughter being ogled at her place of employment(or sons/husband) . would you you show up to your job dressed so much as to distract others sexually?? o.k., i suppose if you are employed as an adult entertainer but,…(lol) normally you wouldn't. Alas, my rant has gone on too long also. last words, people are animals.sex is embedded into our DNA . teenagers/young women and men are full of rushing and overflowing hormones.

    • Maia
      May 13, 2014 - 10:54

      I don't at all disagree with a guideline being set for a certain length inseam or so many inches above the knee of the individual. What upsets me here is the reasoning given by the school board... we're talking about an educational environment, so perhaps it is time to educate our children that they are responsible for their own actions and that unwanted sexual advances-- prolonged stares included-- cannot be justified by any sort of clothing (or lack thereof).

  • Shannon A
    May 12, 2014 - 21:00

    “Are my pants lowering your test scores?”

  • Mom
    May 12, 2014 - 19:44

    Going by the posted picture, the shorts don't meet the policy of the clothing coming down to meet the fingertips. Her hand is clenched so she seems to be a few inches off on the guidelines. No one wants teachers touching children to measure out a set metric length (I know I don't) and the rule that has been in place for as long as I can remember allows each student to measure on their own the acceptable length. When the day comes that short shorts for boys are all the rage, I would suspect that any boy wearing short shorts that don't meet the fingertip length rule will also be asked to go home and change.