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My daughter goes to a mixed school. The school has decided to have a crackdown on the girls uniform, obviously the boys all wear their uniform perfectly.

 

Yesterday the school sent a man (presumably a male teacher, my daughter did not know him) into the class to check the girls uniforms. He came into the class, told all the girls to stand up, and then checked whether the girls skirts were too short, or trousers too tight.

 

My daughter was really upset, she felt like she had been picked on for being female, all the boys were looking at her to see whether they could see anything, and she is furious that the mere fact that she is female was a reason for making her be checked (her uniform has never been an issue).

 

To make it worse, the school took all the girls that had "failed" to be taught out of normal lessons for the day, and girls as young as 11 were told that their clothing was provocative.

 

Any suggestions where I go from here?

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You make sure your daughters uniform meets the school regulations.

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It did. It always has. She is autistic and would no more break uniform rules than try to flap her arms and fly. How did that stop her being humiliated by having all the boys stare at her bum? (Yes, she is on the front row. Yes, the boy behind her made comments.)

 

Are you seriously saying that being a girl is enough to be forced to stand up and have all the males stare at your clothes? Luckily the Equalities commission don't agree with your view, and I will be going with their advice - I do not send my daughter to school to be faced with humiliation for merely being female.

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Hi,

As a parent of two girls (fully grown now) I can understand some of your arguments.

 

I feel the school went about this in totally the wrong way and embarassed the girls in front of the class. This issue could have been carried out in a more sensitive way, especially with your daughter who could easily have had a melt down.

 

Your post did come across as a bit of a rant but if this is wrong, apologies however, this should be tackled with a calm head.

 

I suggest writing to the school spelling out your displeasure at the way this incident occurred and asking why, when the issue was about the girls uniform, this was carried out by a man. It should have been a woman and not in a classroom setting. As for removing children for something that can be seen as a minor offence is (IMO) wrong. There is also the issue of why boys were not targetted. They will flout rules just as much as girls (although they don't generally wear tight trousers and skirts :madgrin: )

 

Have you read the schools uniform policy? What does it say?

 

I have seen in my (very ) distant past where girls are put under pressure by their peers to wear the same things and also to hitch their skirts up once out of the home (this has been going on since the 60s) Not saying your daughter would do this.

 

In summary, complain to the school and if that falls on deaf ears, your local education department.


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It sounds to me as if this has been extremely badly handled. In fact I find it quite scandalous – and I'm sure that most ordinary reasonable parents would do as well.

 

I think that this is one for the local papers. Which area are you in? Also, a letter to your MP.


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Are you seriously saying that being a girl is enough to be forced to stand up and have all the males stare at your clothes? Luckily the Equalities commission don't agree with your view, and I will be going with their advice - I do not send my daughter to school to be faced with humiliation for merely being female.

 

 

No I am not and don't put words in my mouth.

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I agree with what the school did regarding dress length etc but they certainly went about it the wrong way especially sending a male teacher in to do the checking. I would write in tot eh school by snail mail pointing out the error of their ways but don't write it as a rant.

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