A Texas dad is complaining that the dress code of his five-year-old daughter’s school is sexist, after teachers made the girl cover her dress.
When he picked up his daughter Katy from school last Monday, Jef Rouner said that she walked out of her kindergarten classroom with her rainbow sundress covered up with a T-shirt.
When Jef asked his daughter if she got cold, Katy replied that she “had to change because spaghetti straps are against the rules”.
1. Jeff Rouner says his five-year-old daughter’s (pictured) school dress code is sexist (photo: Jef Rouner).
Jef became so angry with the way his daughter was treated that he described the incident in an article for The Houston Press. He wrote:
Five. You get me? She’s five. Cut her hair and put her next to a boy with no shirt on and she is fundamentally identical.
I guess you could argue that a boy would not be allowed to wear a shirt with spaghetti straps either, but the day they sell anything like that in the boys section of a Target I will happily withdraw my objections.
A representative of the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District has since issued the following statement to ABC News:
As part of district policy, parents sign the Student Handbook at the beginning of each school year. This is an acknowledgement that they have read and understand the guidelines within. Dress code is not determined by the age of the student.
The teacher visited with the student about the dress code. The student had a change of clothes in her backpack and offered to change. The outfit she decided on was her choice.
The parent involved has made no attempt to contact the teacher or administrators to express any concerns or ask questions regarding the dress code.
2. Rouner says teachers put clothes over his daughter’s dress (photo: Jef Rouner).
Both Rouner and the school have since agreed that spaghetti straps are against school policy. Rouner admitted that he had read the district’s student handbook, which states:
Students are not to wear clothing that is tight, loose, sagging, baggy, revealing, spaghetti-strap, backless, low-cut or short.
I certainly didn’t go out and buy the dress to challenge it. I would say that, in general, the only way a boy can violate the dress code other than wear a t-shirt with an offensive logo is by messing up their clothes.
A girl can break the dress code just from buying her clothes.
I think it’s a problem that when you look at a 5-year-old and you see her exposed shoulders that you consider it a distraction worth covering up. I would it is indignitive and apparently a sexist problem.
I do think it was very telling. In the last day or so, I have had women and girls from all over the world send me tweets and messages saying every day they walk around worried about being judged if their dress is too short, or their top is too low, and that bothers me.
3. Both Rouner (pictured with his daughter) and the school have since agreed that spaghetti straps are against school policy.
Rouner now plans to have a meeting with Katy’s teacher regarding the incident. He said:
I want to know who made the decision and I want to know why. Maybe they have a perfectly good reason. I’m going to tell them to look at the code and see how much it’s designed to make girls responsible for the way other people feel about them.
I couldn’t see any reason why this dress would upset anybody.
Source: The Houston Press.
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