Letter: Students need to treat school like professional work place

Editor:

Re: KTW’s article of Feb. 24 regarding a NorKam student being sent out of class due to the outfit she was wearing (‘Is this outfit inappropriate for a Kamloops classroom?’)

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I am very saddened by the strong expression of negative opinions toward a teacher's sound decision to ask a young female student to choose more appropriate school clothing — and sending her home to do so.

Teachers and school administration staff must have the right to decide what clothing is appropriate and make judgment calls as need be. Lace is linked to lingerie and we all know young women's attire has involved less and less material and more and more skin exposure of buttocks, stomachs, bra lines, etc.

To what advantage for us women? To lessen our classification as sex objects and help men not see us that way? When did we collectively forget that what we do impacts others and forget to be conscientious and not always put our individual rights ahead of everyone else? When did we forget humans are hardwired in certain ways sexually, and certain behaviours will bring that out more?

I support the teacher and say to the student, knowing I have a school-aged daughter, too — get over this minor incident, respect professional opinion, apologize, and treat school like a professional work place.

And if it were my daughter,  I probably would have told her, “See, I told you so" as we regularly talk about what is appropriate school attire.

Tanja Hasler

Kamloops

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