High School Superintendent Should Be Fired For Calling Female Students Skanks

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teen girlsWe have yet another news story of a school official slut-shaming female students over their wardrobe and I cannot even. I understand that schools need to enforce a dress code for students but there is absolutely no excuse for a grown adult in a position of authority to use a sexual slur in reference to teenage girls in their charge. This makes me so angry and I think this superintendent should be fired for calling female students skanks.

This story, out of Oklahoma news station News Channel KFOR, details an infuriating account of local school superintendent Ronda Bass and how she handled female dress code violators on the first day of school. Apparently, upon greeting the returning students, Bass noticed that some were in violation of the school’s dress code. She decided she should sit them down to discuss it:

“The first question I asked was how many of you in here believe that there are female students on the campus today that are dressed completely inappropriate,” says Bass. “Most of their hands went up.”

But that’s not what senior Stephanie Stewart remembers.

Stewart says, “The first sentence was, ‘Have y’all ever seen any ‘skanks’ around this school’. Around the end she said, ‘I don’t want to see anyone’s ass hanging out of their shorts.”

When Bass was questioned by the news station as to whether she used that language toward her students she had the following to say:

“I knew that students from other towns were calling our girls really negative names. The message I wanted to send to them was I don’t want them to be called those names,” says Bass. “I want us to be known as the classy lady Bears.”

Nothing says “class” like calling your teenage students skanks, amirite? She did not even attempt to deny it, which makes me believe that she did, in fact, slut-shame her teenage students. Now, as I said before, I do not dispute that schools need dress codes. I understand that there needs to be a certain environment in a school and that it applies to male students as well- no t-shirts with swear words or slurs, no boxers peeking out of your pants, no hats in the classroom. However, it would seem that male students are not shamed for their dress code violations the way that female students are. It is infuriating.

If you can believe it, this story gets even worse. The following morning, Bass conducted a “check” of the female students and what transpired is absolutely disgusting:

According to Stephanie she asked just the girls to stand up while she did a dress code check, even asking some of the girls to bend over.

Stephanie was singled out because in Bass’ opinion her dress was too short.

Bass says, “If you’re not comfortable with bending over, we might have a problem.”

Holy hell. If my daughter came home from school and told me that the highest school official had asked her to “bend over” for ANY reason at all, I would have to go to the school and choke them out. I am shaking with rage right now. There is a right and wrong way to handle this sort of thing and I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that humiliating a teenage girl in front of her peers is not the right way. How about a note home to the parents reiterating the dress code particulars? How about a discreet conversation suggesting that the “violator” make a different wardrobe choice next time? And how about lining up the boys too and making sure they are in compliance as I’m sure there were some questionable choices among them as well but hey, I guess Bass was too busy asking the female students to bend over to bother. I am positively sick over this and I feel sad for these young ladies. I hope the district severely disciplines Bass or even fires her. She does not belong around high school students.

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