principal dresses down students
This is simply unbelievable. An eighth-grade principal refused to allow a group of students to participate in their graduation ceremony for being "inappropriately dressed." Their crime--was it gangsta togs, scuzzed-up punk attire or revealing oufits? Nope -- get this -- dressing too nicely.
Police had to be called to the East Lake Academy on Friday after parents became upset when principal Wendy Jung would not let some students walk across and get their diplomas.
...Commissioner Adams said, "I am sure some school officials are going to be pretty upset when they get to the bottom of this. This is embarrassing for the school system. I understand it got on CNN."
He said, "The principal should have let those students walk across the stage. We are getting very thin on good principals in the county schools."
Commissioner Adams said, "A lot of girls wear long dresses and boys wear suits and ties for their graduations.
...Police officers had to escort several parents off the campus after they protested the principal's decision.
A parent denied that the parents became unruly and said there was no need to call police.
Gabrielle Cameron, one of three girls who were told their long gowns were too dressy and who were not allowed to walk, told Channel 12, "It makes us feel bad 'cause, you know, we worked these three hard years to get up to the 8th grade and see ourselves walk across the stage and we can't do it."
Lakiesha Cannon, another girl barred from the stage, told the station, "We couldn't even get our little diploma thing. We just were sitting right there listening to them walk across the stage."
The principal told one young man that his suit made him look "like a pimp;" he was allowed to walk after removing his jacket. Let's hear what the student's mother has to say about that one:
"My child do not know what a pimp is. And also, he is making honor roll today. And his name is Walter Williams, and I'm very proud of him."
Congratulations to these youngsters on their graduation, for braving this outrage, and for taking obvious pride in their appearance. On behalf of adults everywhere, I assure you we aren't all idiots, despite occasional appearances to the contrary, like this sorry episode. I hope the adults in their community prove it by demanding -- and obtaining -- the principal's resignation. Her lame apology to some of the students just won't cut it.
(via Byzantium's Shores)