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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falcon1681Nov. 13, 1211:45 PM

truthtime - Uniform uniforms. Problem solved and family budgets given a break. ----------- Until the right wing starts screaming about the rise in taxes to accommodate uniforms.

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kwiz01Nov. 14, 1212:45 AM

When girls are given the message that it's OK to dress provocatively in school, some of them also think it's OK to dress like that once they get into the workplace. Then they wonder why they either A) Don't get the job or B) Get the job, but are not taken seriously. Companies have the right to enforce dress codes in many cases. If parents want to prepare their daughters for reality once they're in the real world, then teaching them to dress themselves with some level of respect for oneself is a great place to start. It's tough to expect respect from others, when it's obvious you don't respect yourself.

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gcrileyNov. 14, 12 5:56 AM

muggsh2o Nov. 13, 12 3:26 PM Two words....bad parenting! Same people who voted for gay marriage. ---What does this have to do with gay marriage? I voted no and my daughter does not leave the house dressed like that.

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swmnguyNov. 14, 12 6:01 AM

Hey, these are kids. We as parents have to teach them. It's not easy, because as I've learned from my teen children, I'm stupid and don't know anything. Of course, I remember being that age. My parents were all-knowing until I turned about 12. Then they became idiots. They didn't get smart again until I was in my mid-20s. Funny how that works, isn't it?

I did go to a school that required sport coats and ties for boys, and skirts and blouses for girls. There were some specific guidelines for all. And the kids still found ways to compete. It was a school for elite kids, so they had to pass rules banning genuine gemstones in jewelry. 7th graders wearing diamonds to school is, believe it or not, a bad idea.

The kids wearing these pants, not to mention the makeup and the tummy shirts and what-have-you; they have no idea they look like streetwalkers or anything else. They're doing what kids do, which is imitate each other and popular culture and compete, and try to look "cute." My daughter got dressed the to go out with friends the other day and looked like a Zombie call-girl by the time she was done. It took a lot of artful parenting to show her the difference between the classy look she was going for and what she had come up with.

Not because my daughter is a tramp. Because she's a kid. They're self-absorbed. They have no frame of reference. We have to teach them. That's why we don't let them become full citizens until they're 18. It doesn't make it any easier that pornographic movies have become a huge influence on fashion over the past few decades.

It's a good idea for the schools to introduce the idea of dressing like you're going to a job. Schools already have dress codes. Of course, who runs schools? Parents. The teachers and administrators and PTA's are mostly parents. And as most of us have learned, we're dumb and stupid and have no idea what's really going on. Kids will take every rule and guideline and push it to the bleeding edge, every shade of meaning of a word in a rule. So it's a never-ending struggle. The point isn't really to have more, and more-restrictive, rules. The point is to communicate the overall goal. And re-communicate it until we're blue in the face.

But mostly we have to never lose sight of the fact that these are kids. What they do is very serious to them, even if we can barely keep a straight face looking at them. Remember, the kids in "Romeo and Juliet" were about 14. Their parents took their antics seriously, and look how that turned out.

This principal is right. And all the kids will tell him just how stupid and out of it he is. And all is right with the world.

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professormnNov. 14, 12 6:16 AM

My wife and I were in Paris 3 years ago and leggings were the new trend. ALL of the women wore stylish dress/shirts with them to cover their backsides. My wife jokingly said, "just wait till this trend hits America and they just wear the tights." She was spot on. We laughed when about 2 years ago the leggings were in the stores and then shortly after when we saw out waitress with a pair on and her butt exposed. Then there were girls buying them too small and they became see-through. Now when we drive by the middle school when it lets out there are very young girls just wearing the tights. Those of you who don't see this as a problem are sick. If you like seeing 12 year old girls wearing leggings or yoga pants with everything exposed you need help. Only in America would we objectify girls that young. Parents should be ashamed. Kudos to this principal for drawing the line. Sad that some parents don't mind making their young girls into objects. Do you want some 50 year old teacher staring at you 13 year old daughters whole body basically exposed in yoga pants? Grow a pair parents and support this principal.

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cody1234Nov. 14, 12 6:35 AM

Uniforms. Really. The great equalizer.

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butchie57Nov. 14, 12 6:49 AM

Thank you Principal for your stand, and also, tell the boys about their "pants on the ground" jeans showing their underwear. It is about time our schools show leadership and class with our youth. How else will they ever learn to be responsible for their behavior.

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dixiecorpNov. 14, 12 6:52 AM

my daughter is a high school student. When i go into the school and see how some of these kids dress i can't believe it. How can the parents let them go out of the house this way? I never let my 16 year old dress like that.

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pieintheskyNov. 14, 12 7:00 AM

I work in a high school and agree with Dave Adney completely. You would not believe the way some girls and boys dress! It is appalling and our administration does it's best to "catch" the perps and make them change, send them home, whatever, and we deal with it on a daily basis But, is this the most efficient way to spend our Administration dollars? This all takes time away from learning! Parents, please, please, please monitor how your kids come dressed for school.

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sseikk01Nov. 14, 12 7:13 AM

The students go to school to LEARN, and that includes teaching them what is appropriate to wear in certain situations. They'll have a dress code when they go to work, why not at school? If all parents WOULD talk to their children about wearing clothes that didn't show their private parts, then we wouldn't need rules. Apparently, that doesn't happen so the kids who dress like that now get a rule to follow. At least SOMEONE is teaching them. I don't think the LEGGINGS are the problem, it seems that it's the leggings paired with short tops that don't cover areas that shouldn't be seen in public. From the article it seems that as long as their rear is covered, they can still wear the leggings.

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