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To the editor,

I am writing to say that in my opinion the rights of the girls attending Truro Junior High School (TJHS) are not being protected but are being violated.

The school and school board can't seem to make up their minds about what reasons they are giving for not wanting the girls to wear shorts to school.

 The comments originally were focused on weather concerns and are now about distractions and dress codes. One girl in particular was told she had to wear longer shorts than other girls due to old self-harm scars that were apparently distracting.

Imagine the blow to that child's self esteem. The shorts being worn by these girls are by no means inappropriate and to have the threat of suspension hanging over their heads for dressing comfortably is just plain wrong. How about instead of teaching our girls to cover up and be ashamed, how about teaching those they are allegedly distracted some respect.

These girls are our future so let’s help make it a bright one. TJHS students and parents, keep fighting the good fight, I support you all 100 per cent.


                                                                                                           Tammi Watson


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  • Roberta
    May 14, 2014 - 11:55

    Your job as a parent is to prepare your child to get along in society once she is out of school and on her own. If she decides to go into nursing, teaching or the tech world, do you actually think that these places don't have some kind of dress code? They will tell her that she has to dress appropriately and shorts in the business world is not acceptable. To me, school is the same and the fact that kids are allowed to wear shorts of any kind to school, is just plain wrong. The schools should also be preparing their students to what comes after, in the the real world. So, having said all of this, there is absolutely nothing wrong with your child knowing and adhering to proper dress in certain areas of their lives. In this case, it has nothing at all to do with any of these girls suffering from poor self-esteem, it has everything to do with getting their own way, which is what they have become used to in their "all about me" world. Just my opinion.

    • Wandy
      May 20, 2014 - 08:39


  • Brenda Ettinger
    May 14, 2014 - 05:12

    Instead of worrying about their self esteem how about teaching them about self respect! No one is making these girls feel ashamed of themselves , they are trying to be taught what is appropriate to wear in public as they are being prepared to go out into the work force. I personally don't care what reason the school uses, I applaud them for what they are doing and I can only hope they continue!