There are things that the principal of Mason Middle School and the Tacoma School District don’t want you to know about this story which appeared in the News Tribune two weeks ago.
That the principal at Mason Middle School refused to meet with these girls, who went through all the proper channels respectfully and launched a very successful petition. to modify a dress code that prohibits any part of a girl’s shoulder from showing.
What that principal did do was meet with two students of her choosing who were not involved in this at all. One who called these wonderful young women “sluts” (probably got that idea from her parents)
A handful of wealthy North End Parents didn’t like the attention the school got because of this. They said it was “embarrassing” so these girls were harassed by other students in school, shut down and denied due process.
You know what they (the school) SHOULD be embarrassed by?
body shaming young girls, having your daughter call them sluts and being a principal who hand selects said slut shaming/name calling girl to “represent” students.
supporting the sexualization of young girls.
promoting the idea that the mere sight of part of a girls shoulder will distract a young boy and that the boys lack self control and that their education is more important than the girls.
and being on the wrong side of history.
SHAME on that “principal” who in my opinion, is not fit to run a school, and shame on those parents.
The girls learned several valuable lessons about acitivism and fighting social injustice.
Sadly, they also learned that money talks even when it’s on the wrong side of an issue.
The harshest lesson learned is that because they are female, they won’t be respected or treated fairly and that if they stand up for their rights, they will be called “slut” (and in this case the one doing the name calling was rewarded by the principal for that behavior)
I have heard however that they are going to be honored by a state legislator for taking this issue on.
I am sad that these young women were treated so unfairly, were disrespected and denied due process.
But I am glad that they are the next generation who will be taking on social injustice; they are the hope for our future.
I’m also glad I no longer have a middle school age child.
You can bet that if I did, she would NOT be going to Mason Middle School.