Minnetonka principal’s plea: 'Cover your butts up'

  • Article by: KELLY SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 14, 2012 - 9:25 AM

The principal sent a letter to parents Monday asking them to remind girls to 'keep covered up.'

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aodabuseNov. 13, 12 5:20 PM

cinemajayNov. 13, 12 1:34 PM So the people saying "uniforms fix everything" obviously don't have kids or they'd know how expensive it can be to purchase and maintain. Families with less cash on hand get the short end of the stick if they can only afford one or two outfits. It's always easy to devise solutions with other people's money, isn't it? **************I wore a uniform from kindergarten through 12th grade. When I was in high school, I wore the same jumper, 5 days a week, for 4 years. Sounds kinda gross to say it out loud, but it's what we all did (we did change for gym). How is buying a uniform more expensive than having to run to the mall for some whiney kid, begging for new clothes every couple of months, so they can stay in style and be cool in school? And how are they difficult to maintain? Usually polyester, easily washable, never needed any ironing. I never have understood the pushback on uniforms. Seems to be an easier solution than coming up with new rules every year on what the kids can and cannot wear.

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swmnguyNov. 13, 12 5:25 PM

My son is a freshman at Mpls. South. The girls there are big into these "yoga pants," or "leggings," or, as I would call them, tights with no pants.

My son is just fine with this fashion trend. We were at a school function recently and I noticed where his attention was focused. I asked if he found those yoga pants distracting. His answer said it all; "Huh? Did you ask me something, Dad?"

Of course, if I remember being 14 correctly, and I think I do, the young ladies could wear a refrigerator box and the young men could find features to distract them. Teens and young adults are magnificently engineered to procreate. To think calmly and rationally; not so much.

It's probably a good idea to make the girls wear pants. Not worth a big to-do, but probably a good idea.

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swmnguyNov. 13, 12 5:29 PM

"clever1": You wrote, "I know I have never been distracted by a pair of Mary Janes, white socks to the knees & a skirt following the no more than 2" above the knee rule. Never. Probably no one else has either."

With all due respect, Sir, you are wrong. You just perfectly described the uniform required of young ladies in my high school 30-odd years ago, and I was most pronouncedly distracted. All the time. For about 3 years running. Frankly, at that age, requiring full Burqas wouldn't have helped my focus a whole lot.

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alagnakNov. 13, 12 5:29 PM

Well, you all know why there isn't a public metro school that would touch uniforms don't you? They'd have a couple hundred students or more go to the school down the road and lose the gravy train dollars......... That is the ONLY reason. There's no other reason in this world why we shouldn't have uniforms in a public educational system. None. The clothing warfare wastes so much time and energy for everyone involved its just plain stupid.

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ginny6Nov. 13, 12 5:33 PM

I'm not a fan of some teen girl wear for school, such as bare midriffs or super-low neckines. However, I do not have a problem with spandex legging type wear. It's related to athleticism. When I was that age and athletic and fit, I often wore that sort of thing because it allowed you to be more agile to dance, move bike, maybe do a cartwheel. Movement was incorporated into our daily lives. As another poster said, I'm sure these girls are REQUIRED to wear much more revealing things in athletics, like gymnastics, beach volleyball, etc. What about that? What about the leering men then? I say let our girls be proud of their fit, athletic bodies. Hopefully they are wearing those outfits for their own sake, not for the sake of others.

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theagonybhoNov. 13, 12 5:34 PM

All i can say is this country is falling apart, if leggings is on our high priority list we have issues. Can you do anything anymore without offending someone.

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ginny6Nov. 13, 12 5:36 PM

In the 60s and 70s it was all about bemoaning girls who didn't wear bras. And most of us didn't. Admit it, parents!

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flipnitchNov. 13, 12 6:00 PM

You could put every girl in the school in snow suits and it wouldn't change the level of distraction teenage boys experience in the presence of teenage girls.

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ginny6Nov. 13, 12 6:48 PM

If school uniforms are so innocent, what about all the fetishes about them, like Brittney Spears video for one example, and one by Mariah Carey.

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mandansmomNov. 13, 12 6:59 PM

I was among a group of 3 girls, in 1971 or so, who respectfully made an appointment with our Jr. High principal to ask for permission for girls to wear pants M-Th during the winter months. We could wear them on Fridays. No coulottes, but the restrictions as to skirt length weren't enforced. His response? "Next thing you'll want is to wear bikinis. And there's no rule saying you can't wear pants under your dress on the way to school". Point is, it's an age old struggle.

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