The principal who shamed seven girls for wearing shorts that she considered too short has apologized for her actions amid calls for her resignation from angry parents.
Decatur Classical school principal Susan Josephine Kukielka made the comments at a school-wide awards ceremony, according to Fox Chicago affiliate WGN-TV.
As reported by The Inquisitr, the principal created a whirlwind of controversy when she singled out the girls and publicly shamed them.
The girls’ parents allege that Kukielka left some of their daughters in tears after they were told they were “not girls of distinction because their shorts are too short” at an assembly on the last day of school.
Part of her shaming was giving the girls an “award” for their attire, following which they were asked to stand and be recognized for their “achievement” during the assembly, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
This didn’t sit well with parents who complained at the school’s local council meeting on Monday, stating that their daughters had been humiliated on being called on their short shorts.
Some parents also called for the principal’s resignation and criticized the incident as an example of a trend of using public embarrassment for disciplinary purposes, according to CBS Chicago.
One parent, Debra Leja, made her comments to the school council while dressed in short shorts, making a clear statement in support of her daughter, reported the Chicago Sun-Times.
The principal has apologized by sending written letter to the girls’ and their parents, but they continue to be angry at the lack of sensitivity and judgment displayed by the principal.
Decatur Classical school has no written dress code, but the students are expected to wear appropriate clothes for school.
The school is very selective in their admission process and their curriculum is focused on advanced classes with emphasis on math, literature, humanities, and the languages.
Decatur Classical has been ranked as the best public school in the area by Chicago Magazine.
Do you think that the school principal’s apology is sufficient in the case of the shaming of the girls for their short shorts?
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