Results for - Principal Forces Student to Get on Her Knees
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1. Like a growing number of teens across the country, Amanda Durbin, a 17-year-old senior at Edmonson County High School in Kentucky, decided to protest her school's sexist dress code. After an influx of female students were recently punished for wearing leggings and dresses deemed too short, Durbin and a group of her peers decided to push back on what they saw as an unfair policy. The students led a "mature protest," Durbin said. Durbin wore leggings and a dress that her parents described as one she could "wear to church." She was sent to her school's office during her third class. Do you find this to be mature if it's going against a dress code?
2. What then transpired left the teen "embarrassed" and "humiliated." Instead of receiving a warning, detention or even suspension, as others have before her, the teen was forced to get on her knees before her principal. The school's principal, Tommy Hodges, asked Durbin to kneel before him so he could measure her skirt length. Durbin said she felt uncomfortable doing so and requested her parents' presence. Her request was granted, but the student missed valuable class time while waiting two hours for her parents to arrive. "They didn't give me any other option," Durbin said. "I had to sit there." Do you feel she should have been allowed to return to class while waiting so no class time was missed?
3. Once her parents arrived, the principal still forced Durbin to kneel and measured her skirt, which met the code's parameters. The principal was not satisfied, however, and then asked Durbin to walk across the room with her hands up and kneel once more for another measurement, at which point she was deemed out of dress code and sent home. "I didn't really appreciate having to get down on my knees, especially while I was in a dress," Durbin said. "It did make me feel a little embarrassed, a little insecure of myself." Do you think the principal went too far to make a point?
Education 2000 82 By: sarahzahm