GINTA – Dress codes: Will casting a stone (or many) solve the issue?
WHEN I STUMBLED upon the news of a NorKam student being removed from class because of what her teacher perceived to be inappropriate attire, I did what every other person did when reading the said news story.
I looked at the photo and shrugged. There was nothing inappropriate about the student’s clothing. Different, yes, a trend these days apparently, but not inappropriate.
Also, like many who read the story, I wondered how to make sense of the fact that the teachers (the female teacher and a male student teacher) felt uncomfortable with the Karis Wilson’s attire.
How is that going to make any parent feel OK about their kids being in school? What does ‘feeling uncomfortable’ mean anyway?
The impact these stories have on the community cannot be understated.
The deluge of comments on social media debating the NorKam story and the opinions pieces that followed was of gargantuan proportions: some demanded that the teacher and student teacher be removed; they were called perverts and other awful words, including rapist for the latter; also, people attacked and insulted each other for having different opinions.
Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through her blog at http://www.danielaginta.com.
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