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Sep 10 2016
by Madeleine Williamson

This Principal Blamed Tight Clothing for Bad Grades

By Madeleine Williamson - Sep 10 2016

Last week, a student from Clements High School posted a recording of a school assembly on SoundCloud. High school assemblies usually don’t merit much more than yawns. But this one is getting attention. The school’s assistant principal criticized girls for their provocative dress, Teen Vogue reported Wednesday.

“Ladies, I still blame you all for boys’ low grades because of tight clothing,” Phil Morgante said. 

Any girls present at school in tight clothing would need to change. He also reminded students of some standard issue dress code rules. Skirts should fall no more than three inches above the knees. Crop tops are, of course, forbidden.

The Fort Bend Independent School District issued an apology for Morgante’s controversial remarks. The district noted that Clements High School’s principal apologized to students.

"They were a joke that fell flat and doesn’t represent the district’s views," the apology said. 

But many-especially female students-are still offended. Girls and women often contend that dress codes objectify women. Some see Morgante’s comment as evidence. 

 “It's just kind of gross because he teaches teenage girls," Clements student Piper Cotton said to ABC 13 in Houston.

Girls, wear what makes you happy! Under no circumstance are you responsible for another person's reaction.

Lead Image Credit: Patty Legera on Flickr Creative Commons

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Madeleine Williamson - DePaul University

Madeleine Williamson is a freshman at DePaul University majoring in journalism and minoring in political science and Spanish. She loves tea, stationery and exploring her new hometown of Chicago.

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