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Dress code violation has always been a pressing matter for high school students. However, this time a school principal was the one to take it a bit too far. After a controversial clip showing Marcus High School girls’ dress code was leaked on August 16, it caused quite a stir online. The footage showing the 3,000 students on the second day of classes was labeled as sexist. The Typical Student team learned the details.
Scandalous Video: Barely-There School Dress Code for Girls
According to FoxNews, a brief footage viewed 175,000+ times on Twitter, shows a group of teen girls walking in the school corridor wearing oversized T-shirts and barely-there shorts while M.I.A’s song "Bad Girls" is playing in the background. Next, they’re shown "crossing paths with a school official who appears displeased with their appearance, the girls are sent into a classroom labeled "dress code violators."
After that, the things get even weirder. The girls are shown seated in desks, together with another female teacher. Similar to Harry Potter’s plot twist, the teens are forced to repeat: "I will not wear athletic shorts" multiple times, as written on a whiteboard. See the video:
Appalled with the video, seniors Catherine Moring got her hands on the video and posted it on Twitter with the caption:
"Today my school was shown this video. So sad how ONLY girls are shown as the violators. I understand why my school has a dress code, but what about the boys who wear shorts, or show their shoulders? It’s 2018...Why are we still over-sexualizing teen girls?"
"This is over-sexualization. We're not okay with this, we're not going to just let it happen and sit on the sidelines."
The Twitterverse voiced its support for the female students supporting the opinion of the "sexist" footage.
Principal Apologized for Sexist Dress Code Video
Having faced the public outrage, Will Skelton, the school principal, issued a public apology to both students and parents. He said:
"Please accept my sincere apology for not ensuring our video achieved its intended purpose - to remind ALL students of our dress code expectations."
"I apologized to our students regarding this issue today but wanted to reach out and apologize to parents as well. I'm a firm believer that when you make a mistake, you own it, you apologize, and you make it right."
The dress code rules stated in the Marcus High Student School Handbook Addendum for 2018-2019 clearly specify the way school apparel must look. Female students "may wear long pants of appropriate length, skirts or shorts of appropriate length, at or about mid-thigh or longer." As for male students, they are expected to wear pants or shorts that sit "at the natural waistline."
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