San Diego Catholic School Bans Girls’ Skirts

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Students at Cathedral Catholic High School in Carmel Valley have a new dress code for the next year. Girls from that school are banned from wearing skirts because they’re distracting too many men.

The Fox 5 San Diego reports:

After issuing “thousands of hours of detention” to students modifying the length of uniform skirts, Principal Kevin Calkins sent news of the ban to students in an email on Friday, local media reported. In the email, Calkins wrote that the dress code exists to foster a faith-based environment where students are focused on learning and not outward appearances.

“Male faculty feel uncomfortable addressing female students about the length of their skirts, even female faculty have expressed frustration with the ongoing challenge of dress code,” Calkins wrote in the email.

According to the new rule, girls would be allowed to wear pants, capri pants or Bermuda shorts. Male students have the option of wearing pants or shorts, according to the email.

In response to the ban, the students created a petition on change.org. Students also planned a peaceful protest that was set to begin at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in front of the school. As of Tuesday morning, 2,669 people have signed the petition. Some of the interesting comments are the following:

“Ok so the reasoning behind this was that “male teachers are uncomfortable”. If a male teacher feels uncomfortable over the length of a MINOR’S skirt, they have no business being anywhere near a high school. Maybe try to crack down on that rather than continuing to sexualize underage girls?”

“Girls’ clothing at school especially should allow them to feel comfortable in their bodies, not restricted by the opinion of faculty with a superiority complex and need to dictate their bodies. The challenges and complexities of being a growing teenage girl do not need to be heightened by further unnecessary dress codes that instill in girls what is or isn’t “appropriate” through the lens of adults unfamiliar with the pressures and anxieties of being a teenage girl in 2019.”

“Everyone should just keep their eyes to themselves. They don’t have to be looking down at our skirts that’s not an issue,” Lana Owad, a student at the school, said. “I think guys get to wear pants girls get to wear skirts. It shouldn’t be banned.”

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