What will happen if a teacher/principal says students are or look like prostitutes?If a teacher/principal tells students they are/look like/or are going to be prostitutes, what will happen if...

What will happen if a teacher/principal says students are or look like prostitutes?

If a teacher/principal tells students they are/look like/or are going to be prostitutes, what will happen if school board is informed?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The principal should never say a student is a prostitute.  That is a terribly inappropriate thing to say.  Even suggesting that a child looks like a prostitute is wrong.  Principals should instead point out what about the student's dress is inappropriate.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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These are all excellent points, and I agree.  It's a denigrating statement if it was directed at a specific student or an entire group of girls.  We do live in a world where appearance is, unfortunately, a huge factor in peoples' perceptions; however, recognizing that what matters most is what's on the inside, this comment simply feeds the stereotypes of value based on appearance.  There will undoubtedly be consequences for this kind of language.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I agree that this would be a totally inappropriate thing for anyone to tell a student. With regard to inappropriate clothes, most schools have a dress code policy, and any comments or actions on the teacher's/principal's part should be directly tied to the dress code policy. Comments such as these have no place in the public school.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Sounds like a pretty foolish thing to say under any circumstances, really.  I'm surprised someone in education long enough to be Principal would make such a mistake.  While it's true they may be dressing like prostitutes, just as their dress is inappropriate, so is the description when talking to students.  Plus, there was simply no need to say it.  "School rules prohibit any clothing that reveals cleavage, or straps, or have holes in clothing in inappropriate areas, or are distracting".  These kinds of guidelines, those of the school rules, can simply be repeated, and they are appropriate and apply to however a person is incorrectly dressed, up to and including someone who looks like a lady of the night.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Probably depends on the school board but it will probably have some kind of consequence. As someone else stated it may not be viewed as bad depending on who it was said to and in what context. However as a principal or any other school employee that is an inappropriate statement. If you are addressing dress code issues it can be stated a lot more appropriately than that.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In these days of sensitivity and political correctness, there will most likely be repercussions on this issue.  It depends on how insulted the parents feel by what has been said to their child.  While teachers sometimes try to parent, they forget that there do not have the liberty to say things that they could to their own children, even if done with the intention of helping someone.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It depends a lot on the circumstances.  When I was coaching volleyball the superintendent of our small district told me I needed to make sure my team wasn't dressed like whores at our practices.  Obviously, he wasn't going to get in trouble.

I really think it will depend on how the person said it and in what circumstances.  For example, "we cannot have our students looking like prostitutes" when said to a group of people is less likely to get a person in trouble than "you look like a whore" when said to one kid in particular.

 

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cutiec | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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In reply to #6: he called the students prostitutes because they wear yoga pants.
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cutiec | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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It depends a lot on the circumstances.  When I was coaching volleyball the superintendent of our small district told me I needed to make sure my team wasn't dressed like whores at our practices.  Obviously, he wasn't going to get in trouble.

I really think it will depend on how the person said it and in what circumstances.  For example, "we cannot have our students looking like prostitutes" when said to a group of people is less likely to get a person in trouble than "you look like a whore" when said to one kid in particular.

 

I will not go into too many details, but it was said to another student that if she keeps dressing like that then she will turn into a prostitute like all the other grade 9's..

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